A couple cruises ago I started to leave "gifts" for my room steward. I know that everyone says cash, and by all means the all mighty dollar is something that can be used well. However, I always leave them a care package of a few candy bars, snacks, gum, word search or the like type of game book. Yes, their rooms are small, but when you are stuck on a cruise ship and only get to eat the same things like they do, having something different for the taste buds are always nice.
On our cruise in May we took some girl scout cookies and our room steward loved them!
Now, about that steward who might have diabetes or chocolate allergey or be weight concious etc
NO ONE cares more about ships' crews than DH and me. We have sailed many years on many ships and care a great deal how crew are treated and working conditions etc However, we also understand they are hardworking adults, earning a living and if you've noticed on port days those who have some time off can be seen returning to the ship carrying bags of snacks they have chosen for themselves. The cash guests tip let them make their own choices.
a box of cigars and a bottle of good bourbon.. I don't see how a 'gift' of some sort above and beyond $$ would offend anyone.
Many crew from Indonesia are Muslim and they do not drink or smoke. They would be offended to be given liquor.
We should never make assumptions, IMO, about other cultures and religions as to what they would 'enjoy' or welcome. Unless we are versed and have some way of knowing their beliefs, it is best to make effort to not possibly offend.
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