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Nice article. We sailed with Azamara last year and our "butler" really was a steward in a nicer uniform. Having said that, he was somewhat more polished, I guess, and he did do a few extra things for us without us even asking. It was kind of a nice touch.
Cruises I have loved… Celebrity Century, "Quest for Clamato" Alaska, June/14; Grand Princess, the line-up cruise, Vancouver-Seattle, May/14; Celebrity Century, California Coastal, Mar/14; Celebrity Solstice, America's Cup/Wine Cruise, Sept/13; Celebrity Eclipse, Southern Caribbean, Apr/13; Diamond Princess, Southbound Alaska, Aug/12; Celebrity Solstice, Western Caribbean, Mar/12; Carnival Freedom, Caribbean, Feb/12; HAL Zaandam, Coastal, May/11; Celebrity Constellation, Caribbean Feb/11; Carnival Splendor, the Powerless, Adrift-at-Sea Cruise Nov/10; Ruby Princess, Caribbean Mar/10; HAL Zaandam, Coastal Oct/09; Grand Princess, Caribbean Mar/09; Celebrity Millenium, Coastal, Sep/08; HAL Oosterdam, Coastal, Apr/08; Azamara Quest, Caribbean Feb/08; Sea Princess, Caribbean Mar/07; Carnival Spirit, Mexico, Dec/06; Celebrity Constellation, Caribbean, Oct/05; Celebrity Mercury, Mexico Mar/05; Carnival Holiday, Caribbean, Oct/04; Cunard Crew Member - “Good Times” - 1987-1989
Holland America doesn't have butler service, but they have something better, in my opinion: Concierge Service. If you are fortunate enough to book a Deluxe Suite (or Penthouse -- yikes), the Neptune Lounge and TWO Concierges are at your service. The Concierges are top-notch professionals who handle anything that the Front Office would normally do, and there's no waiting in line. Suite passengers can pop into the Neptune Lounge from about 7:00 am to about 7:00 pm for a latte, a selection of little sandwiches, fruit, or chocolates, the latest HAL brochures, or a good conversation with other suite guests. Best of all, the Concierges are soft-spoken, warm and friendly. We once upgraded a future booking to a suite in order to cruise with an especially wonderful Concierge again. I've never had Butler service, but I think I'd feel like my privacy was being invaded. Not to say I wouldn't try it.
1976 - Pacific Princess - Mexican Riviera 1977 - Pacific Princess - Alaska 1977 - Island Princess - Working Cruise (Mexico) 1978 - Pacific Princess - Panama Canal 2000 Rotterdam - Baltic Treasures 2005 Westerdam - Gems of the Baltic 2006 Zaandam - Alaska Inside Passage 2007 Ryndam - Sea of Cortez 2008 Rotterdam - Black Sea and Egypt 2010 Zaandam - Circle Hawaii 2012 Volendam - Sydney to Vancouver 2013 Emerald Princess - Baltic Gems 2014 Nieuw Amsterdam - Mediterranean Empires
There is no mention of the Butler and concierge service for Grill suites on Cunard lines. The Cunard ships provide Butlers to all Princess and Queen's Grill staterooms as well that do everything mentioned in this article.
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On our one and only (so far) Celebrity cruise, we splurged and got a suite with butler service! He was a lifesaver! (I wish I could remember his name - he was so sweet.) My husband had forgotten the pants to his suit for formal night and didn't realize it until the morning of our first formal night! Our butler was able to get him a tux. The jacket was a little big, but my hubby didn't mind at all given the lateness of the request. Our butler was so upset that he couldn't get just the perfect fit for DH.
I am starting to plan an Alaskan cruise and I very much want to go on Celebrity again. DH and I will be booked in a suite with a butler and the kids will be across the hall or in a cheaper adjoining room! I know we probably won't get the same butler, but the butler we do get has BIG shoes to fill!
Adventure of the Seas 04/10 (25th Anniversary and first one for the kids Southern Caribbean)
Celebrity Constellation 03/05 (20th Wedding Anniversary Cruise Southern Caribbean)
Crown Jewel 09/93 (get away from the boss part 2 Western Caribbean)
Crown Princess 11/91 (get away from the boss cruise Eastern Caribbean)
we have traveled with Princess a few times and never got butler service then we went on Norwegian a few months ago and was surprised to have butler service, was absolutely wonderful we felt like royalty. we tend to put deposits down while on cruises so we will be traveling on princess again this year but after the service we got on Norwegain it will be tough to go back.
Premier cruiseline 4/98- Western Mediterean
Caribbean Princess- 5/2006- Western Caribbean
Caribbean Princess 11/2008-Southern Caribbean
Star princess 9/2009- Alaska
Norwegian Jade- 2/11- Eastern Mediterean
Caribbean Princess 12/2011-Southern Carribean
Carnival Sensation 8/21/2014-Bahamas (solo)
Norwegian Spirit 12/2014-Canary Islands
Years ago when we sailed on Princess we had butlers. A few were very good. But on one of the ships -- Grand Princess -- there was a female butler who was more interested in chasing the male butlers than taking care of the cabins/passengers assigned to her.
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