My EXTRA tip for Room Service

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  1. cruisecrasher

    cruisecrasher DIS Veteran

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    I'm going to ask a slightly off topic question. Has anyone ever seen anyone at the crew pool outside of the travel channel "Secrets Behind Disney Cruise Line". I've never seen anyone on that deck except to withdraw the flag as we were setting out from Cozumel.
     
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  3. gomagic

    gomagic Go Bucks!

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    When we cruised on the Magic, we would occasionally see a crew member spending time out there....maybe once per cruise if that.
     
  4. engle

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    For us it was a whole different concept...it was the inaugural Alaskan and therefore not only our first time, but the CM's on the ship as well. The sights were AMAZING. It wasn't the light of day, but the sights themselves. Many of them had not been out of the carribbean in several years and this was exciting for them as well.
     
  5. lodge

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    they don't want to be in our room... too much chaos and looks like a bomb went off most of the time!:)
     
  6. love280mickey

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    I understand this. I can't wait to see the sights of Alaska myself. I think the OP did a wonderful thing for this crew member, being the first time the ship was sailing to AK.

    I'm sure after a few sailings, the sights would not be quite so impressive, you would eventually get used to them.

    Let's also remember that the crew members are not locked in the dungeon, even while they are in your cabin cleaning, they can still catch a glimpse outdoors, even if they don't actually step out onto the balcony.
     
  7. lodge

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    Imagine being onboard and not having the time to stop and look around... and being squished into tight living quarters when you're off.... :crowded:
     
  8. airheademmy

    airheademmy Earning My Ears

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    This is such a good idea! I love getting to know the attendants on cruises. If only we had a room with a balcony........
     
  9. CarolAnnC

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    This book was written about the one year employment the author spent working for Carnival Cruise Line.

    DCL does not have a poor reputation in the industry as to how they treat their employees. Please remember many of the CM's come from countries where their condition of living is far below the standard of living they experience working on board DCL ships.

    Well said, MJ! :)
     
  10. disprincess4ever

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    Cute chirstmas socks or fuzzy socks are something nice and gender neutral. Another good think would be chapstick or hand lotion.
     
  11. pdwimmer

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    We did small things each night that the kids had hand made. I am sure they were thrown away after the initial smile for the gesture. But the gesture counts. Then on the last night instead of giving extra cash on top of their tip, we gave American Express Gift Cards. That way it'd be safe and they could choose to send directly home to relatives to turn into cash, or cash it out themselves.
     
  12. disprincess4ever

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    Handmade cards can be the best gift of all!
     
  13. RedSox68

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    This book has been mentioned many times on this board. I never said it was about Disney -- it is a single person's accounting of his time working on a cruise ship. He has a sequel which is about his time working for the auction houses on the cruise ship - another eye opener of behind the scenes ;)
     
  14. Silverfox97

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    Yes. On the classic ships, I'm at the gym waiting for it to open before 6:30. I've seen several crew using the area; not the pool, but the deck around it. One was running, and one looked to be doing some martial arts.

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  15. gumbypee

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    Tic tacs are good little extras -sorry if mentioned already
     
  16. Ikaikalani

    Ikaikalani Tee-Eye-double Guh-err

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    The CM's on the Magic must see the light of day....the forward pool is a CM only pool :thumbsup2
     
  17. syrumani

    syrumani Earning My Ears

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    When I worked on a cruise ship, I (and many others) would have LOVED a crew pool! Yes, the work is hard, but also the pay and vacation time earned is worth it! If it wasn't for the kids, guess where I'd be?

    I will say, though, that for some of the crew . . . depending on what ports they are in, and for how long - well, let's just go with a day stop, ok? Crew such as room stewards, etc. are working when the ship docks, and by the time the ship leaves, there is no time for them to go to shore. On the cruise line I worked on, you could take turns manipulating the schedule, so that each person in your dept. could get an extra day off to see the sights (or sleep!). At the ports with an overnight stay, most crew will get off ship and go their merry way on their off time.

    I would think that a small token, whether it being a quick invite to see something outside, or even a baggie of mini-chocolates, would just make the day for some crew.
     
  18. Bonniec

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    Thanks for posting that! :goodvibes We plan to tip quite a bit more but I think I'll bring some goodies too.
     
  19. KTJ

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    That's a fun idea - what sort of gifts did you give him?
     
  20. clairedy6

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    Don't forget that many crew members don't have time to go out to the pool, it is mostly the more..."privileged" workers, such as those in the kids club, entertainment areas, etc. that have more free time. So no, just because there's a crew pool doesn't mean all the crew members use it.
     
  21. lilpooh108

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    On our last night in Victoria (on the Wonder in July 2012), the crew were having a party at the CM pool...it was fun to watch them having a good time as we were reboarding the ship.
     

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