? Gift Basket for room steward

In order to prep for our upcoming cruise, we have been doing our homework  and have viewed a few you tube videos with suggestions on a variety of subjects.  One subject that I am waffling about concerns a gift basket to our room steward.  We are viewing this a gesture of" let us take of your needs so that you can take of ours for the next week( or so)"


I am looking for experiences, suggestions, etc.  People have suggested a mix of necessities along with some luxury items.  I have heard laundry soap pods( since people that live their lives on the ship pay dearly for things like doing laundry), godiva chocolates, stationary and stamps.


Do frequent cruisers find that it helps to grease the wheel a bit? If so, what has received the greatest level of appreciation.  Thank you for your suggestions.

8 Answers

I find that Cash is always a perfect fit and style......everybody likes it. Slip your steward some $$ at the beginning of the cruise and let them know if a good job more at the end of the cruise. the amount depends on you, the cruise line and length of cruise.

The tide pods they can get at a Walmart in port as well as candy. Staff tends to hit Walmart or other stores when they get a few hours off on a port day.

We haven’t bought gifts for our steward becsuse we’ve read they appreciate money more. With gifts, they may get stuff they won’t use of need, plus food preferences and we aren’t aware of what allergies theymay have. Their rooms are very small and they share with another crew member so space is very limited too.

Cash is always appreciated :)

Cash greases the skids a lot. Gifts aren’t such a great idea mainly for the reasons BonMike stated.

In addition, you’re dealing with people from a lot of different cultures. There is this possibility. The gift in your eyes might be a good thing while the person of a different culture receiving the gift might look at the specific item as offensive. They’ll smile and accept it, then when you’re not looking it goes straight to trash.

No one of any culture working on a cruise ship is going to be offended by cold hard cash.

Gift basket ? Nonononononono.....CASH. $$$. Wampum. Cabbage. Lettuce. Fins. Sawbucks. Shekels. Escarole. Dinero. Pieces of eight. The almighty dollar.........that’s what they can use.

I suggest skipping the idea of a gift basket & instead give cash. You may be spending money on items that he and his assistant don't need or want..

We find cash to be very much appreciated. A lot of the room stewards tend to be family people and the extra bonus cash is very much appreciated by them.



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