Tips to Cruise By: Packing, Drinking and Cash Handshakes

January 29, 2012 | By | 3 Comments

When a Cruise Critic member takes the time to write a bang-up review, we all benefit. Earlmarie, one of five member reviewers of the week, cruised on Ruby Princess to “de-stress and relax with no schedule.” There was one thing she planned on doing: help future cruisers. Sprinkled throughout her comprehensive write-up are packing tips (bring a hangable mesh shower organizer), money-saving tips (3 – 6 p.m. for $3.99 cocktails!) and, er, tipping tips (a $20 handshake with the room steward seemed to enhance everyone’s experience). Earlmarie and our four other winners — including cruisevacatoday, glomarrone, cod and criag403 — receive a Cruise Critic tote bag for their efforts.
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    3 Responses to “Tips to Cruise By: Packing, Drinking and Cash Handshakes”

    1. Steve
      January 29th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

      I have changed my tipping policy! Now…

      1. Meet the person!
      2. Ask if they work alone or have assistants!!
      3. If they have assistants have him gather them up so you can meet them all!
      4. If you like what you see, tip what you feel is right. If your very happy/able tip $20 each (assuming team of 3 like I recently had)! Or maybe $10. ($30-60)
      5. Be friendly and have fun!!!!

      Their job is to make your VACATION a MEMORY!

    2. rsmor
      May 13th, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

      Excellent suggestion. I always did the $20 handshake thing, but now the lines are tightening everywhere, it is true that the steward who always had an assistant is sometimes now alone. I have never gathered his help, but not a bad idea….

      This, of course, for things like extra towels, lots of ice, etc. I like to empty the minibar into a drawer and use the fridge for personal stuff. Ice lasts a lot longer, for one.

    3. rsmor
      May 13th, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

      By the way, I do this in addition to the normal gratuity ‘program’. That is, I still pay the full ship gratuities. Don’t know if you meant you had stopped doing that.

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