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I asked the head waiter this question on my last cruise (two weeks ago). He told me the dining room attendants make "tips only." One can only assume it's the same for room attendants...I heard exactly the same thing on my cruise two weeks ago. Keep in mind that most of these men and women work seven days a week for months at a time. No amount of money would entice ME to work that hard. I made sure that I rewarded good service with a good tip (and most staff members who helped me earned it!)
the words of gratitude for the staff is endearing. however, let's not go overboard.
you need to keep things a bit in perspective. though it is easy to simplify and point to measely salaries, 7 day/6 month work requirements, let's not ignore the fact that probably 95%+ of the crew are of foreign nationalities. they are not American workers, they are not subject to our minimum wage standards, and if they were to work in their home countries, they would be working the same 7 day work week and making significantly less than they make in tips. they are lucky to have these positions with the cruise lines and the opportunity to earn thousands of dollars a month - the equivalent of riches in their home countries. the fact that a particular position may be 100% tip-based is really irrelevant. they have a service job, and if their pay is based on tips, then they are fully aware that doing a good job to earn the tips is part of the job.
"I asked the head waiter this question on my last cruise "The relationship between cruiseship staff and customers is much different than between me and my Walmart cashier. First of all, as much sympathy as I have for people in such service jobs, I don't tip cashiers. I also don't tip people I eat with or sunbathe with, so what they make is irrelevant. I think most people want to do right by the people who serve them so well at sea. Our table at dinner because quite friendly with our waiter and learned a lot about his life outside the ship (He is studying sailing and navigation and eventually wants to become a bridge crew member. He also worked as a Chippendale's dancer in Barcelona - now there's an interesting story!)
I find it amazing that people are so interested in what the ships crew earns. So interested that they would even ask the question outright to the crew. Do you wonder what the cashier earns at Walmart? Have you ever asked while you were standing in the checkout line? Would you ask your table mates in the dining room what they earn? How about the person in the chair next to you at poolside?
The crew's wages is between them and their employer. Tips are between the crew and the customer. I just don't get it.
My last cabin attendant was telling me that sometimes guest do not tip so she worked the whole week cleaning their cabin for free! now that sucks!!!! Some guest gamble their tip money.And making the salary of some other crew member $100-150 more.
Also, it is the cabin attendants responsibility to remove luggage on the last night and put it in the holding storage! Most attendants actually hire another crew member and pay they from their own salary to move the luggage on the last night! making there pay $100 to $150 less.
And making the salary of some other crew member $100-150 more.yes the extra money for a staff member who is paid salary (not tip generated).