Would You Pay To Attend A Christening?

April 11, 2008
In a story earlier this week on Holland America's plans to offer a limited number of $100 tickets to the christening of its new Eurodam in July, we wondered: Would you pay to go?

In a poll on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, 145 people weighed in on this topic and results were mixed. The majority (roughly 60 percent) said they wouldn't pay $100, either because they thought it was a nickel-and-diming ploy by HAL or because they have better things to do with their time and money. But 40 percent would consider it -- most of those readers thought the price was a fair one, while a handful would pay up only if they could mingle with the celebrity guests.

Interestingly, many commenters deemed the ceremony a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they would hate to miss. Some of these readers felt the price was fair for an event of this magnitude, while others said the price was outrageous -- but they'd pay anyway so as not to miss out. One member is attending under duress -- a friend is paying for everyone -- and others would like to go but aren't booked on the right sailing.

How much would you pay to see the Dutch Queen smash champagne against a ship's hull? You can join the debate here.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor