As someone who has worked on board, I’d like to leave you this final tip.
To All Staff & Crew.
Most passengers are lovely, kind and courteous. And we love these passengers.
But honestly… some passengers can be downright rude, insulting, and plain miserable. When I worked onboard (some 18-years ago), I’ve had some pretty awful experiences where customers yelled and were extremely unpleasant to deal with. It’s happened not only to me, but to my fellow crew members as well. And it really just wrecks your whole day!
I mentioned before, that they are the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. They work 7-days a week, sometimes between 10-14 hours a day. They are away from their family, their friends and their home for a minimum of 6-months. While you are on vacation, they do everything they can to make sure you are having the time of your lives and are happy.
So please be gentle and kind. Acknowledge them, greet them, thank them. They deserve your respect.
And Please TIP the people that are looking after you on your cruise!
You might not know it, but a lot of them make under a $100 a week for all their hard labour. Your tips is not just a tip, it’s their paycheck. A lot of these staff members, especially that come from third world countries, save all their money and send it back home to their families. Many of the people who are serving you on board, have little babies at home, that they haven’t seen in months. They are there working their butts off to provide their families with better lives and opportunities, so please, please, please, keep this in mind before thinking “Why do I need to tip? I don’t want to tip!”
Quick side story… I remember once a friend of mine was a buttler for the penthouse. A famous celebrity was onboard, and my friend bent over backwards for this passenger. He would go out of his way to make this particular passenger happy. And at the end of the week long cruise, this particular celebrity didn’t even tip! My poor friend was absolutely besides himself. He cried and cried and it was just so upsetting to witness it.