Cruise Crew are the foundation of any cruise vacation. How can holidaymakers show their appreciation?
One Reddit user wrote: “When I go on a cruise, I make sure the crew know I appreciate them and understand how hard they work.
“I see far too many passengers treating them like garbage and I always try to be the man they all like to have on board.
“In the past, I’ve left handwritten thank you notes, candies, and chocolates, and I’ve just been friendly and low-maintenance.”
Another passenger advised: “Find their supervisor and thank them immediately. We once got above and beyond the service of our room steward and wrote a letter to his supervisor while he was still on board.
“The next day he thanked us and said he got a bonus for the cruise. It was certainly deserved.
“Don’t wait until after the cruise to praise them by name.”
An ex-crew member added: “It sure is fun to do. I worked as a cook on a medium-sized cruise ship for a few years.”
However, the former cruise chief said passengers do one thing they found “irritating”.
They said: “On the last day of each cruise they would have a short farewell party and all the crew would be there.
“Guests think we appreciate and enjoy it. That’s not the case at all, it’s both embarrassing and annoying.
“We were all exhausted as it is and really had much better things to do with our time.
“Please, tip them and if you really see a crew member doing their best to give you the best experience, at least let their supervisors know.”
While some passengers like to bring trinkets for their crew, one guest thought the only good tip was money.
They said, “I understand it was a nice, kind gesture years ago, but bringing along curios or candy or small trinkets that you “think” your room attendant might like isn’t nearly as good a gift as cash. money.
“Even better, give them candy AND cash and you’ll be fine, but the important thing is that cash is king and that’s the only real way to make someone feel valued because you’re putting a monetary value as a gesture. “
Many guests said passengers should take 10 minutes at the end of the cruise to complete a survey and identify good crew by name.
This can help the crew get a sought-after promotion, bonus, or well-deserved praise from their management team.
Cruise crew often come from all over the world and many staff spend long time away from family and friends.
One passenger said: “Learn how to say ‘thank you’ in their native language. I was absolutely impressed with how happy that made some crew members.”
Another added: “It sounds like a chat to me and a thank you is fine, but can be annoying when they’re busy.
“Notes end up in the trash. If you appreciate someone, give them a tip.”