Cruise crew are the muse of any cruise holiday. How can holidaymakers show their appreciation?
One Reddit user wrote: “When I am going on cruises I prefer to be certain that the crew know that I appreciate them and understand how hard they work.
“I see way too many passengers treat them like trash and I all the time attempt to be the guy all of them enjoy having onboard.
“Up to now I even have left handwritten thanks notes, candy and chocolates and just been kind and low maintenance.”
One other passenger advised: “Find their supervisor and thank them directly. We got above and beyond service from our room steward one time and wrote a letter to his supervisor while still on board.
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“The subsequent day he thanked us and said he’d gotten a bonus for the cruise. It was well-deserved obviously.
“Don’t wait until after the cruise is over to praise them by name.”
An ex-crew member added: “It’s definitely a pleasant thing to do. I used to work on a medium sized cruise ship as a chef for a few years.”
Nevertheless, the previous cruise chef said there was one thing passengers do this they found “irritating”.
They said: “Throughout the last day of every cruise they’d hold a brief farewell party and all crew were purported to be present for it.
“Guests think we appreciate it and revel in it. That will not be the case in any respect, it’s each embarrassing and aggravating.
“We were all exhausted because it is and really had a lot better things to do with our time.
“Please tip them and in case you really see a crew member exit of their option to offer you the most effective experience at the very least let their supervisors know.”
While some passengers prefer to bring trinkets for his or her crew, one guest thought the money was the one good tip.
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They said: “I get years ago it was once a fun, nice gesture, but bringing curios or candy or small trinkets you “think” your room steward might like is nowhere near pretty much as good of a present as money.
“Even higher, give them the candy AND money, then you definately are okay, but most significantly, money is king and that’s the only true way you make someone feel valued because you might be putting a monetary value as a gesture.”
Many guests said that passengers should take 10 minutes at the top of the cruise to fill out a survey and recognise good crew by name.
This might help crew to get a wanted promotion, a bonus or well deserved praise from their management team.
Cruise crew often come from all around the world with many staff spending an extended time away from family and friends.
A passenger said: “Learn the best way to say “thanks” of their native language. I used to be absolutely floored how joyful that made some crew members.”
One other added: “It sounds to me like small-talk and thank yous are positive, but may be an inconvenience once they are busy.
“Notes find yourself within the trash. For those who appreciate someone, tip them with money.”