What’s it like to be inside the bridge of a cruise ship?

ByRick Deutsch

What’s it like to be inside the bridge of a cruise ship?

Since 911, most tours of areas of ships are highly restricted. They used to give tours of the cabin and engine room. Oh well. You CAN still get a quickie of the kitchen. Yawn.

I recently was destination speaker on a cruise that went from LA to Ensenda to Santa Barbara to San Fran. A big thrill was being allowed to narrate over the whole ship as we went under the Golden Gate Bridge. I had to be escorted in by the Cruise Director with permission of the Captain.

a a room with chairs and monitors

Cruise ship bridge

The room is a like a giant control tower. Lots of monitors with traces and blips and lines of text. About 7 men were there…sorry no women.  The Captain sat in a nice comfy chair. There was even a large wheel like in Captain Ahab’s day.

The view was awesome. Remember, we were about 140 feet above the water.  The skipper told me to be brief since a previous man droned on until they were almost docked. Once the pilot got on board – I was told to scoot.

As I spoke, there was a lot of pressure not to flub. People in the sauna, the gym and the cabins could all hear me. No time for a stutter or Uh Uh.

I know a lot about the SF Bay and the various points of interest so it went well. The bridge was neat, but you can get the same experience looking on the internet.

Tune in regularly and we’ll share more stories.
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