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Old 05-25-2011, 09:10 PM   #16
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it has to be something that is small and does not take up alot of room because the crew members quarters are REALLY small...

Something edible is good... also gift cards - (even a $10 card to Walmart is nice)

we left our books we read and magazines because they don't get those and they trade them with other cast members for other books, etc.

Also.. getting out of their way (room attendants) when they need to do their work. And keeping the room neat not only helps you, but also the crew in doing their job...

They don't get a lot of time off and just letting them know that they are appreciated goes a long way with them.
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Thanks so much for the information- these ideas make it a no-brainer to pick up something for bonus tipping.

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Engle, that was a very generous thing to do, letting the CM check out the sights. Especially since he showed an interest by craning his neck! LOL! Sometimes it's the little things some of us take for granted that can make a big difference in someone's day. Ignore the negativity here, it's in the minority. I love the idea of a small gift for CM's that make the trip extra special! We have never done that on our previous cruises, but left nice tips. This will be our first DCL cruise, so I'm glad someone mentioned it!
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:48 PM   #19
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Um, he was out there maybe a total of 30 seconds each time...and we only invited him out after we saw him craning his neck to see...by the third day, he was asking to go out...this is for sure one thing I dislike about the disboards....I am sure not EVERYONE will be inviting their delivery person out on their verandah...ugh.
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So, we ordered room service every morning on the Alaskan. At least coffee. We had the same delivery person every day. And every day we would invite him in to put down the tray. The second day, the sights started to get AMAZING, so we invited him to step out on the verandah to take a look. He loved it! He was so thankful. I know they, especially dining and room stewards, do not get a lot of free time, and this was their first time to Alaska too. So be sure to invite your room steward and/or room service person to take in the sights for a few minutes while in your room...especially if you have a verandah!!
Really?? My intent was not to be negative. I am sure that you were trying to do something nice and thoughtful. But in your original post, you suggested to invite your server into your room for a 'few minutes'. Your good intentions could have negative impact on delery persons income and delayed delivery for others. I am guessing that there must be hundreds of staterooms getting room service deliveries each morning and that time is a limited resource.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:43 AM   #20
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Really?? My intent was not to be negative. I am sure that you were trying to do something nice and thoughtful. But in your original post, you suggested to invite your server into your room for a 'few minutes'. Your good intentions could have negative impact on delery persons income and delayed delivery for others. I am guessing that there must be hundreds of staterooms getting room service deliveries each morning and that time is a limited resource.

I agree with you. I hate to be a wet blanket, but if I were waiting for my coffee to be delivered, and had any idea that the CM was on someone's balcony enjoying the view, I wouldn't be a happy cruiser.
I guess I'm a no-fun fuddy-duddy. While I do agree that the CM's could (and probably should) politely decline, they're also instructed to make the passengers happy.....most find it hard to say no to anything.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:59 PM   #21
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Could you give me an idea of what kind of items you brought as little gifts? That sounds like something we might want to do.

Thanks so much!
We brought little gifts from our town. Rocky Mountain Chocolate (headquarters is in Durango), some dip mix, honey and jams from a local business. All food items so he didn't have to keep anything and he could share with others if he wanted to.
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One year we brought salt water taffy from the shore. Another year we bought the strips of chocolate bars during our grocery stop. You'd think they had never seen chocolate when we handed those out Also international phone cards are most appreciated.

And I for one think the thoughtful gesture of letting the room server out on your verandah for a few minutes to enjoy the view was most generous and will be a great memory for him!
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So, we ordered room service every morning on the Alaskan. At least coffee. We had the same delivery person every day. And every day we would invite him in to put down the tray. The second day, the sights started to get AMAZING, so we invited him to step out on the verandah to take a look. He loved it! He was so thankful. I know they, especially dining and room stewards, do not get a lot of free time, and this was their first time to Alaska too. So be sure to invite your room steward and/or room service person to take in the sights for a few minutes while in your room...especially if you have a verandah!!
I thought this was so thoughtful of you.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:11 PM   #24
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I have to pop in and say that with room service servers, they are very often just running between the kitchens and the rooms that they very rarely get to see outside. When we were on the transatlantic last year, we also had a room service server that came to deliver for us several times. He would chat with us as he delivered our items. One day he asked how the weather was. It just never occured to us that he wouldn't know. So we told him he could take a look for himself. He also was unbelievably grateful that we let him step out onto our veranda.

I don't think that him stepping out there the few times that he did, delayed anyone else's delivery (you can tell when room service is busy or not by how fast they answer your calls and how quick you get your food) and he didn't lose money because we tipped him very well for each delivery. I don't know that I would invite every server out but I think you can tell if it is someone who would appreciate it. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again because he helped make our cruise more special and it didn't take anymore time than chatting with him for a few minutes would have.
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Sorry for contributing to this so late, but wow--that is such an incredibly kind idea and I'm sure your room service attendant must've really appreciated it. Like a previous poster said, little things like this really can make the crew members' days. I think it's important to go out of your way a bit to let them know how much you appreciate their help. Letting them check out the view is just one great example. If more people show little acts of kindness you will make their job so much easier! I love the idea of giving them gifts too (not just the room service people but also the servers, room attendants, and even just random crew members you see walking around, like the guys in the orange suits). I'm sad to admit that I've witnessed numerous people being disrespectful and unappreciative of the crew members; it really ruins my day but think about how it affects theirs.

I will most definitely get some little gifts for crew members to bring on my next cruise and I encourage everyone else to do the same!! Little things really do go a long way.

If anyone has any other suggestions for acts of kindness towards crew members please share!
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Sorry for contributing to this so late, but wow--that is such an incredibly kind idea and I'm sure your room service attendant must've really appreciated it. Like a previous poster said, little things like this really can make the crew members' days. I think it's important to go out of your way a bit to let them know how much you appreciate their help. Letting them check out the view is just one great example. If more people show little acts of kindness you will make their job so much easier! I love the idea of giving them gifts too (not just the room service people but also the servers, room attendants, and even just random crew members you see walking around, like the guys in the orange suits). I'm sad to admit that I've witnessed numerous people being disrespectful and unappreciative of the crew members; it really ruins my day but think about how it affects theirs.

I will most definitely get some little gifts for crew members to bring on my next cruise and I encourage everyone else to do the same!! Little things really do go a long way.

If anyone has any other suggestions for acts of kindness towards crew members please share!
I am all for the acts of kindness. I can't imagine the grind of the continuous long days of work the crew experiences, and they still seem so happy and friendly! A note card filled out expressing thanks and appreciation along with some token(s) of some sort for them is nice, along with mentioning them when filling out your comment card is great. This could possibly help with promotions even. When we went to an all inclusive on vacation, we were not allowed to tip. I brought travel size bottles of Bath and Body Works lotion, shower gel, and body spray and tied a cute ribbon on the bottles and wrote a note saying "Thanks for taking such great care of us" on each. Partly to thank them, partly so their supervisors would know it was a gift for them and that they hadn't stolen the items. On our upcoming 7 day cruise we will definitely give our room attendant and servers something extra above and beyond the 'suggested' tipping, along with friendliness and appreciation shown towards them!
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I think that is AWSOME of you....so true that they don't get enough time to take everything in. I bet he really appreciated it! I'm going to follow your lead in August.

Oh BTW some people need happy pills to stay nice and some MORE than others! Ignore negative comments...or stupid ones...
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I agree with you. I hate to be a wet blanket, but if I were waiting for my coffee to be delivered, and had any idea that the CM was on someone's balcony enjoying the view, I wouldn't be a happy cruiser.
I guess I'm a no-fun fuddy-duddy. While I do agree that the CM's could (and probably should) politely decline, they're also instructed to make the passengers happy.....most find it hard to say no to anything.
I can also see them not saying no to anything. I'm sure they will come and take a look and they know they have to get back to work. Also, don't they cruise every week so I'm sure they've taken a peak at the views at some point during their contract?

Maybe he was trying to look at something else...jk, jk. I know what I look like in the morning. jk.
"Hmm, maybe I'll just look out this way while she gives me a tip so I can get the heck out of here"...just kinda kidding.
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When we were on the Fantasy in Oct we had no use for the castaway cay gift -- the backpack. They're nice, but we didn't want to add it to our overloaded, already-heavy luggage, and decided to leave the backpack behind for whoever to do whatever with it. Just after we left our room, the steward came out with the backpack and told us we'd left it. We told him he could do whatever he wanted with it.

His face lit up and he exclaimed, "My first backpack!" Just like a kid at Christmas.
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When we were on the Fantasy in Oct we had no use for the castaway cay gift -- the backpack. They're nice, but we didn't want to add it to our overloaded, already-heavy luggage, and decided to leave the backpack behind for whoever to do whatever with it. Just after we left our room, the steward came out with the backpack and told us we'd left it. We told him he could do whatever he wanted with it.

His face lit up and he exclaimed, "My first backpack!" Just like a kid at Christmas.
Do you think he could keep it? The backpack?
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Do you think he could keep it? The backpack?
Have no idea. Hope his superviser didn't accuse him of stealing it.
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