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Old 01-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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We left a gift (different type of candy) each day for our room host with quotes from disney movies!
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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Not to be weird but do they really want this? Most of the CMs (room stewards, engine guys, etc) are middle aged people from other countries. Do they really want candy? Other than cash and phone cards, I'm not sure how appreciative they will be of candy? I know they have very limited room in their "cabins." How do you know they're not just being polite?
I don't know about the "middle-aged" thing. It seemed to me most of the CMs onboard were in the 20-30 range, except for the officers. Yes, some of them may be older, but, I believe if they don't want it, they share with others who do. I 've talked to CMs who are genuinely happy to get it. I know, personally, I'm more than middle-aged, and I like getting candy. I don't think I'm that unique that there aren't others who feel the same.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #18
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To the people who say the CMs are thrilled to get candy, what do you expect, for them to throw it back in your faces. They are there to please to make tips. If they seem excited it because they put on an act for your benefit.

I promise that they would rather have $1 more than a 24 count box of candy.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #19
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To the people who say the CMs are thrilled to get candy, what do you expect, for them to throw it back in your faces. They are there to please to make tips. If they seem excited it because they put on an act for your benefit.

I promise that they would rather have $1 more than a 24 count box of candy.
Problem is the CMs in the kids clubs, maintenance, etc cannot accept monetary tips. While they certainly would rather the money, the probably like their jobs more.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #20
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We have friends that work on the ship and they appreciate the candy. They don't need to be swamped by it but sometimes they don't have time to go to the store and get it for themselves.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #21
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I am not suggesting candy for people in tipped positions, and certainly not in lieu of tips--they want and deserve tips. However, have you ever handed a commercially packaged something to one of the yellow jumpsuit guys working around the ship? Many of them speak relatively little English, but they will give you a smile that speaks volumes. These are people who don't get recognized and are a long way from home. A smile and little treat may mean something to them; if you offer cash, they are not allowed to keep it.

You can take the same approach to the guy who works the lights or the sound board in the theater (on the new ships, they sit out where you can see them.) On our most recent Fantasy cruise we were really impressed as one guy came in and talked to some of the kids, telling them he "helped to make the magic happen." We described him on our comment card because I was so impressed with his guest interaction. Again, not someone who would normally be recognized unless he messed up.

I don't drag a bunch of candy onto the ship to hand out....but I may bring a bag of single serving somethings that don't melt. If it makes someone's day special, so be it. If not, it cost me a grand total of $3-4 per cruise.
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I leave candy for non-tipped positions. They CANNOT accept money, but they can accept a candy.

Next cruise, I plan on bringing a bag of lifesavers for the maintenance dept. along with a thank you note on the first day.
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Do you all give candy to everyone in your life that provides a service to you?
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Our Palo server sent us with 2 soufflés for my kids after dinner, they only ate one... Knowing our room host was out in the hall on his last room, we took it to him (it was all wrapped in plastic wrap and still warm) He said he had only ever heard how good it was, had never been allowed to try it. The next day he told us he had eaten it all before he went to bed. The little effort on our part made him very happy and made us happy to see him smile!
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Yes, people on the boards talk about giving out candy, but most people aren't on the boards and don't. I like spreading the magic.
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Sorry, just not understanding this. Why not tip cash and let the CM decide what to treat themselves to?
I knew eventually this thread would take this kind of turn, it does every time one like this gets started.

Those of us who do this, want to show a little extra expression of appreciation, in addition to tipping, usually more than the suggested amount.

Speaking to one of the other posts, if candy was not a popular treat, after all of these years, believe me word would have gotten around on the boards that the cast don't really care for gifts of candy. I have never gotten anything but a very genuine appreciative repsonse for our gifts.
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Yes, people on the boards talk about giving out candy, but most people aren't on the boards and don't. I like spreading the magic.
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I knew eventually this thread would take this kind of turn, it does every time one like this gets started.

Those of us who do this, want to show a little extra expression of appreciation, in addition to tipping, usually more than the suggested amount.

Speaking to one of the other posts, if candy was not a popular treat, after all of these years, believe me word would have gotten around on the boards that the cast don't really care for gifts of candy. I have never gotten anything but a very genuine appreciative repsonse for our gifts.

I have read posts on this board and other cruise boards, some even by crew members, that state they end up throwing much of the candy away and don't need it. Those posted usually get buried by people defending giving candy and other trinkets.

I don't think you would ever get a negative response to your gifts; afterall, these people work in customer service.
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Is there a reason that you felt the need to leave such a snarky comment? It's a gesture, and if it isn't your thing, then don't do it.
I always bring candy onboard, after reading that many of the CMs from different countries send ALL of their money home, and don't really have the chance to get out to buy little things like candy. If my baggie full of candy makes them smile, its totally worth it.
I have given candy to bartenders (in addition to their tips when I get my bar bill), and one of them hugged me, telling me that it was her birthday and that she loved chocolate! I have also given candy to what I affectionately refer to as the "bathroom snipers"...those people who I think are part invisible who clean the bathroom magically before the next person walks in. Those people are very underappreciated.


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