I'm thinking of asking our cabin steward to empty our mini-fridge the first day and providing us with some wine glasses (as has been mentioned on these boards). Should I provide a decent, generous cash tip on the first day - like, say, $20? Would this improve our service throughout the week?
I find if you give the steward something extra, you usually end up with better service (I think because they know you will treat them well throughout the trip).
What I do is when I ask for extra things (pillows, ashtray etc) when they first come by to introduce themselves, I give them a tip afetr I make my request. I also write out the list with our cabin number noted.
On a longer cruise, I may tip $10, and on a shorter one (3-4 night) about $5.
Hope that helps.
__________________ Harry Martin
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I generally tip the cabin steward $20.00 when we first meet and I mention to him/her that I would like to have the mini fridge empty so that we can put our water and my wifes meds in there. Also I tell him that I need an ash tray and that I would like to have ice in the room at 4:00 pm for my cocktails. I have found that this works very well. On all our cruises, except one, I have found the cabin steward to be friendly and helpful. The one exception was extremely lazy and in all likelyhood in the wrong line of work.
I don;t think you can give them an additional tip on your seapass card, I may be wrong, but anything additional is usually cash. I gave everyone the vouchers on my last cruise and put the additional in the envelope in cash.
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