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Old 10-03-2011, 05:37 AM   #646
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I do CM gifts in addition to FE gifts. I actually found CM gifts much more rewarding than FE gifts because I got to see how much they enjoyed them! Being from New Orleans, my CMs got bags of pralines, Mardi Gras beads, voodoo dolls and bounce music cds. I also gave out bags of candy...some CMs had never had Hersheys before! I went a little overboard, and I don't know how I am going to top those gifts next year!
I love the appetizer idea for CMs!!! One CM on the Wonder told me they couldn't get popcorn on the boat, so next year I will bring popcorn for CM gifts too. If you have any other ideas for CM gifts, please post them.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #647
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Totally agree on the appetizer idea!!! LOVE IT! It is hard to know quite what to do, to go the extra mile.
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Have posted this somewhere along the way, but seems appropriate for here.

For groups that have to pool their "tips," we have taken microwave popcorn and some candy bars with local packaging, so they know where it came from. Not that that matters, but just trying to personalize it a bit. We also picked up a bunch of DVDs, because they were temporarily unable to get even the stateroom channels. That way they could have a "movie" night as a group.
We also were able to give a couple of gift certificates for the Vista Spa to a couple of seriously outstanding CMs. We did get permission that the gift would go to the individuals receiving said gifts!

I really like the idea of leaving little candies for the room stewards daily! Nice touch!
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Has anyone given gifts instead of monetary gratuities? I have never done that, but some people seem to give a lot of gifts.
Any other gift ideas?? Would love to give something to the people in the Oceaneers Club! Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:30 PM   #650
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Has anyone given gifts instead of monetary gratuities? I have never done that, but some people seem to give a lot of gifts.
Any other gift ideas?? Would love to give something to the people in the Oceaneers Club! Thanks!
It's been discussed earlier in this thread, but I have given goody bags with chocolates to crew and large bags of Oreos to Lab and Oceaneers Club. That is in addition to, not instead of, tips. They have to live off of their tips.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:59 PM   #651
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I think the idea of a gift instead of money is not right.

But, I have given big bags of candy to the CMs when I drop off an item at Guest Relations for autographs.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:19 PM   #652
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I do CM gifts in addition to FE gifts. I actually found CM gifts much more rewarding than FE gifts because I got to see how much they enjoyed them! Being from New Orleans, my CMs got bags of pralines, Mardi Gras beads, voodoo dolls and bounce music cds. I also gave out bags of candy...some CMs had never had Hersheys before! I went a little overboard, and I don't know how I am going to top those gifts next year!
I love the appetizer idea for CMs!!! One CM on the Wonder told me they couldn't get popcorn on the boat, so next year I will bring popcorn for CM gifts too. If you have any other ideas for CM gifts, please post them.
Bounce music? Yes in deed! I would've never thought to give that. Maybe I should bring some beads with us on our cruise in Feb. Ironically, we'll be cruising on Mardi GRAS day.
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You should bring cds of mardi gras music too! And I would bring those really big beads! You can wear them and explain what they are really for!
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It's been discussed earlier in this thread, but I have given goody bags with chocolates to crew and large bags of Oreos to Lab and Oceaneers Club. That is in addition to, not instead of, tips. They have to live off of their tips.
Kid area staff, entertainment staff & guest relations do not live off of tips. We're not allowed to keep monetary gifts/tips at all. Wait staff at the bars/lounges, dining rooms, stateroom stewards etc are the tippable staff. THEY are the ones that live off of their tips. Basically if you would normally tip someone off the ship, do the same on the ship. At a restaurant, servers get tips as well as hotel maids. Unless the service is phenomenal, most babysitters still only get their agreed upon pay. (Please don't get mad when I compare the club/lab/a loft/stack/quest etc staff to babysitters because I know they are so much more (I was one myself)- it was just the only example I could come up with.)

One more time:

Food/treats tips only:
Kids staff, cruise staff & entertainment staff (and Guest Services too I think, but I'm not 100% sure)

Food/treats & monetary tips:
Stateroom host, dining room servers, bar staff, lounge staff, pool staff, eatery staff, spa staff etc.
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Kid area staff, entertainment staff & guest relations do not live off of tips. We're not allowed to keep monetary gifts/tips at all. Wait staff at the bars/lounges, dining rooms, stateroom stewards etc are the tippable staff. THEY are the ones that live off of their tips. Basically if you would normally tip someone off the ship, do the same on the ship. At a restaurant, servers get tips as well as hotel maids. Unless the service is phenomenal, most babysitters still only get their agreed upon pay. (Please don't get mad when I compare the club/lab/a loft/stack/quest etc staff to babysitters because I know they are so much more (I was one myself)- it was just the only example I could come up with.)

One more time:

Food/treats tips only:
Kids staff, cruise staff & entertainment staff (and Guest Services too I think, but I'm not 100% sure)

Food/treats & monetary tips:
Stateroom host, dining room servers, bar staff, lounge staff, pool staff, eatery staff, spa staff etc.
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Kid area staff, entertainment staff & guest relations do not live off of tips. We're not allowed to keep monetary gifts/tips at all. Wait staff at the bars/lounges, dining rooms, stateroom stewards etc are the tippable staff. THEY are the ones that live off of their tips. Basically if you would normally tip someone off the ship, do the same on the ship. At a restaurant, servers get tips as well as hotel maids. Unless the service is phenomenal, most babysitters still only get their agreed upon pay. (Please don't get mad when I compare the club/lab/a loft/stack/quest etc staff to babysitters because I know they are so much more (I was one myself)- it was just the only example I could come up with.)

One more time:

Food/treats tips only:
Kids staff, cruise staff & entertainment staff (and Guest Services too I think, but I'm not 100% sure)

Food/treats & monetary tips:
Stateroom host, dining room servers, bar staff, lounge staff, pool staff, eatery staff, spa staff etc.
Thank you so very much for this answer. It makes it more clear for me.

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Still getting caught up on this thread, but do they do anything special for birthdays? My Daughter will be turning 5 while we are on the ship and I'm wondering how I can make her day even more special!
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My daughter had a birthday on the cruise and she received a cute card from the kids counselors and a certificate from our room steward. She also got the cake at dinner, but it is my understanding that the cake has been stopped. I have seen that you can still get a cupcake type of a dessert, which I think I would like better, since we are stuffed at every meal.

I had decorated the room with a happy birthday banner and she wore a birthday princess sash all day. She heard happy birthday quite a bit. They also have the pin at guest services that she was given later in the day at the kids club.
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