A cruise ship’s crew often makes a guest’s holiday. Holidaymakers have shared how they say thank you to the ship’s staff. Cruise ships with thousands of passengers often also have hundreds of crew onboard. From room stewards to waiting staff and dance teachers, there’s a whole range of roles available.
One passenger said: “I recommend leaving the automatic gratuities on your account because they also get shared with deserving people in non-public-facing roles. Then you can tip your favorite service providers additional in cash. Tip whatever amount works for your budget, but do try to push it a bit because these people work so hard and often don’t get enough recognition or pay.”
Crew will nearly always appreciate a small note to thank them for their hard work as well as a tip if possible. The ship’s staff often live in very small cabins so gifts such as food or toiletries may be more appropriate than large items. Another guest said: “On my last cruise, it was seven days so I just handed him $100 (£82) up front and just asked to make sure we had coffee in the coffee maker in the room. He actually tried to give it back, protesting it was too much. A little goes a long way, but please give more than a little.”
Guests can choose to add tips onto their package when they book or they can offer staff money as they go. Cruise ship workers often travel from all over the world to work in the industry and may be very far from home. It can be difficult to be away from home for so long and kind gestures from guests may make it easier. Cruise crew also aren’t able to leave the ship in every destination so may appreciate items such as snacks from the ports guests visit.
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