I've seen this topic alluded to in older posts, but wanted to get the most "current" opinion.
We'll be spending Christmas and New Year's on our cruise. Is it OK to give small gifts to crew members such as our cabin attendant, waiters, etc.?
I was thinking of visiting the "Made in Washington" store, and finding goodies typical of the Pacific Northwest. Would I even be able to bring them through Brazilian customs?
Or, is it better to give some extra $$ tucked in a Christmas card? If so, what currency? The ship will be going back and forth between Buenos Aires and Santiago for several months before heading back to a U.S. port.
Also, is it possible to give some kind of goodie and ask that it be placed in a common crew area to be enjoyed by all those crew members we never even get a chance to meet?
I've seen all kinds of opinions on whether to tip extra earlier in the cruise (and my intention isn't to open that
debate on this post); and wouldn't want to be misinterpreted. It just seems like it must be hard for all the crew to be away from their families during what seems to be almost a world-wide time of celebration, even if it isn't specifically Christmas.
Thanks for your input or suggestions. Happy Holidays to all.