Sometimes you need a drink. And when you’re Lido Deck reader Sabrina, sometimes that drink is tomato-clam juice with vodka. And sometimes the pool bartender may have to dig for the clams to procure the juice. There’s a point here: As we close out Tipping Week, we want to highlight those special requests and above-and-beyond services that call for a bonus.
In Sabrina’s case, it took 30 minutes of searching, but eventually a waiter appeared triumphantly, Bloody Caesar in hand. “I gave [the bartender] an extra $2 and said thank you for ringing someone to bring it up for us,” she writes. “The next morning he recognized us and asked if we wanted a Bloody Caesar. Sure enough – he had the clamato juice! And I tipped extra again for thinking about it.”
Now it’s your turn: Have you ever felt compelled to shell out a bonus to a crewmember who built you the New York skyline out of towels or made you chortle with his talking lobster routine on formal night? Share your stories in the comments section.
Here’s a tip: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Tipping, in which we answer your gratuity questions and provide tipping guidelines.
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