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southernbelle July 19th, 2005 05:09 PM

Cabin Stewart - Tip
If I leave a tip for MY cabin stewart - does he/she get to keep that tip or is it put into a pool of sorts?

Thomas July 19th, 2005 06:24 PM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
Most lines now pool their tips. I don't think it's fair but it's the custom. If you hand your steward cash instead of leaving it on your account he/she is still required to pool it.


Jim Bragg July 19th, 2005 07:23 PM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
Depends on the cruiseline and the ship. I know on CCL one ship I was on pooled the tips but the others allowed the individuals to keep the tips directed at them. It is very hard to find out as they just don't like to talk about it. The only reason we have been able to find out is because of personal relationships with other crewmembers who let those getting tips know it was okay to be completely honest with us and that we would never mention names.

southernbelle July 20th, 2005 08:36 AM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
Since that is the case, would be appropriate to give my room stewart a personal gift to show my appreciation for there efforts? of course this would not be in lieu of the standard tip. What are your thoughts on this?

hombre July 20th, 2005 09:56 AM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
on holland america the policy is: if you leave the ten percent tip on your account, you may tip additional amounts to people like your room steward, and they do not have to turn that additional tip into a pool. if you remove the automatic ten percent, they do have to turn in whatever you tip them. this confuses some people, but it isn't really that challenging to deal with.

ubdkjrb July 20th, 2005 11:12 AM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
If you take away the automatic tip and give the steward an $80 phone card, they can't pool that.


LisaK July 20th, 2005 01:03 PM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
cash is always preferred, most cruise lines do pool their tips, ask your cabin steward directly and go from there. You don't need to bring a lot of small bills, simply go to the Purser's desk for change. Since their living space is so tiny, trinkets and gifts usually get tossed, INTERNATIONAL phone cards are a good addition to the tips if you want to give them something that they can keep and use for themselves

southernbelle July 20th, 2005 01:16 PM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
Thanks that is a great idea - phone cards

Luanne Russo July 20th, 2005 01:52 PM

Re: Cabin Stewart - Tip
I gave my steward extra money, and a couple of books I had finished. He said it helped with his english. He didn't ask for them, but told me that, and so i thought it was a good idea. Hope he doesn't read out loud the part about the lily white breast. lol

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