What Can Butlers Do For You? (Caution: Humor Ahead!)

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Poll: In fantasy or reality: What would you ask your butler to do? (Multiple choice)
Poll Results
In fantasy or reality: What would you ask your butler to do? (Multiple choice)

Facilitate an in-cabin cocktail party.
51
57.95%

Bring me hot chocolate and cookies in bed.
33
37.50%

Listen to all my bad jokes and old stories my travel companions don't want to hear.
10
11.36%

Arrange for me to have the best table at dinner.
53
60.23%

Ooh and ah over photos of my grandkids or pets.
9
10.23%

Fill in whenever I need an extra player in my bridge/card/board game.
2
2.27%

Find my key card that I inevitably lose in the mess of my cabin.
22
25.00%

Convince my spouse that I really do need another spa treatment/golf lesson/cocktail.
11
12.50%

Call my mother to tell her I'm having a great time on my cruise.
5
5.68%

None of the above.
9
10.23%

Something else, which I'll post below.
4
4.55%

Multiple Choice Poll.

Voters: 88.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
645 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
You may have heard by now that Silversea is planning to offer butler service to all passengers by the end of the year (the announcement was made this week during the annual Cruise Shipping Miami convention). Currently, only Royal, Grand and Owner's Suite guests benefit from the assistance of a butler. By mid-June, all Silver and Medallion Suites will have butler service and by early December, all accommodations will have access to this perk. Silversea's new Silver Spirit will debut in December with butler service for all already in place.

So what does a butler do? Silversea gives some examples, including unpacking clothing, preparing a scented Jacuzzi bath and facilitating a dry cleaning request. But scented bath aside, those chores are so mundane – which got us thinking about some of the more indulgent tasks you might ask a butler to handle. Vote in our poll and please share your opinions below on how you would employ a cruise ship butler -- either in reality or in your best cruise ship fantasy!
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#2
Jacksonville, Florida
34 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
For the most part I am a private person who would not be thrilled about some 3rd world island boy handling my BVD's. Been on many cruises, (25) and I have never felt the need nor the desire for a "Butler". When I'm on vacation that is "baggage" I don't need.
#3
Cornwall, England
29 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Had an executive floor upgrade once that came with a maid (lady butler/ whatever). We were jet lagged & knackered (Brit speak for very tired).
Never in my life have I been so tempted to tell somebody doing their job well to get lost.
Absolutely no thank you. A concierge service down the hall or by phone is just fine by us.
#4
Planet Earth
138 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Don't need and dob't want butler. The cabin stewrd is intrusive enough.
I will use a concierge service to book reservations, excursions etc. Butler is an over kill. I want privacy in my cabin.
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Eat Drink Sleep Travel ... not necessary in that order
#5
Michigan
7,870 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
How about, call my in-laws, rub it in their face that I am on a luxury cruise, so I don't have to talk to them, yet they know we made it there safely and may choose never to return home.
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#6
Washington, DC
1,668 Posts
Joined May 2006
Those cookies in bed sound great! If only butlers really did provide that service. I've never had a butler, but I could see using one to set up a nice little party or make dinner reservations. (I agree that I would not want anyone to unpack for me; I don't want a valet.)
#7
Michigan
7,870 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
I am also not a fan of someone unpacking or packing my clothes. I don't even let DH help with the laundry, because I like things done a specific way, and he trys to just "get things done".
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