Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Deals. Cruise Questions and Answers! > Ask CruiseMates Staff
Register Forgot Password?

Ask CruiseMates Staff Got a question? Our staff will do its best to help.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old January 20th, 2002, 01:52 AM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 103
Default Butlers

We are on the Legend of the Seas, Auckland/Sydney, on Feb. 3. As we are in a B catagory, we have a butler. What do they do and how much do we tip him/her? Thanks.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old January 20th, 2002, 10:21 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,238
Default Re: Butlers

Hi, Margie ...

Butlers are sort of super-charged cabin attendants. They will do almost anything you ask. For example, take care of your laundry and dry cleaning, bring your room service orders, make reservations for specialty restaurants, etc.

I once had a butler zip up the back of my dress because the spousal unit was already in the casino.

I don't know about RCI, but on Celebrity the butler also brought tea sanwiches and sweets around 4 PM then "sunset hors d'ouvres" around 6 or so.

The tipping schedule is the same as for your cabin steward, but we add more for "above and beyond". Last cruise we were going to miss a self-booked shoreX because the young woman handing out tender tickets didn't understand "priority" so we didn't bother to hurry. Our butler, when he learned of our plight, hustled us straight to the head of the line. He got a REALLY good tip.

You're in for a fabulous cruise. Be warned that the crossing of the Tasmin Sea can be rough. Take some ASA 800 film for Milford Sound, in case it's foggy/rainy. In Sydney, Paddy's Market is THE place for souvenirs. Everything you can buy downtown is there at about half the price.

If we can help with anything else, just shout !!!

PAMDA -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old January 21st, 2002, 08:59 AM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 103
Default Re: Butlers

Thanks, Pamda, for the great advice. I was only planning on taking my digital camera but I probably should take my film camera along also.

I was looking for a place to purchase boomerangs and kangaroo items....is Paddy's Market near the pier? Also any suggestions for souvenirs in NZ?

We are packing for weather in the 65 to 75 degree range. Would that be about right?

Margie
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old January 21st, 2002, 11:37 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,238
Default Re: Butlers

Hi, Margie ...

For sure take the film camera along, too. These may be sights you will only see once and it's great to have backups AND photos with better resolution. One of the most awesome sights in the world is coming into Sydney Harbour at sunrise.

The only souvenirs we bought in NZ were t-shirts. If you walk up the "main" street (it's easy to see which one it is from the pier) there is a mall on your left about two or three blocks up. There was, when we were there, an excellent T-shirt store in the mall. High quality, good prices.

Paddy's is THE place for souvenirs. It's not near the pier which is on Circular Quay. However, there's a bus stop right there. The buses in Sydney are "jump buses" (same thing in Aukland) where you buy a ticket and jump on and off at will. You want to look at a map of the two bus routes to make sure you're going where you want to go. I believe the stop for Paddy's is called "Chinatown" but don't take it to the bank.

Don't be afraid to ask anyone for help and directions. Apparently rudeness in large cities is limited to the Northern Hemisphere.

Let me know if I can help more and just how much room there will be for me in one of your suitcases.

pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pool Butlers Trip Celebrity 11 August 3rd, 2009 07:05 AM
Your experience with butlers venango Celebrity 3 August 6th, 2004 07:57 PM
Summit Butlers Joey Celebrity 2 July 29th, 2004 05:36 PM
Suites and Butlers Sophia and Earl Princess Cruise Lines 2 February 4th, 2004 08:11 PM
Princess Butlers sueg Princess Cruise Lines 7 November 27th, 2001 03:23 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:55 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1