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One of the best things about going on a cruise is that you don’t have to lift a finger. Room service brings you food, drinks, and snacks 24/7. Housekeeping keeps your suite sparkling clean. If you’re looking for a way to show your appreciation, here are some great gift ideas for cruise cabin stewards.

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A big part of the cruising experience is that cabin steward. These hardworking men and women keep your cabin clean and tidy throughout the cruise, and often go above and beyond to make sure you have a great time.

They handle everything from stocking the minibar to turndown service at night. They really are magicians!

Whether it’s your first cruise or you’re a seasoned vet, you may be wondering what some of the best gift ideas are for your cruise cabin stewards at the end of the voyage.

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First of all you need to understand their living conditions. They are usually in the basement of the ship, in a small stateroom that they share with up to three other people.

That means they have very little space or storage for themselves, and can’t overpower their roommates with something too smelly.

They have to work long hours, often split into two shifts, and they don’t get much time to themselves. So when they do have some downtime, they like to relax and socialize in the mess hall or their staterooms.

They also have to be careful about what they eat and drink. Because they’re working in close quarters with other people, and often in hot conditions, they can easily get dehydrated or sick.

So they have to be careful about their diet and make sure they’re getting enough fluids.

Cash is King

This is the gift that keeps on giving.

A good rule of thumb is to tip $3-5 per person, per day. You can either give the tips directly to the staff member, or you can put the money into an envelope and hand it to the head waiter at the end of the cruise.

Tipping is not mandatory, but it is appreciated as they don’t usually make much more than room and board for their service contract.

Waiters and other dining staff will also appreciate a small tip, especially if you’ve enjoyed their service throughout the cruise.

It is easy to plan this out ahead of time, in fact, we like to pack our cash tip envelopes in our carry-on personal bag.

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Thank your cabin steward for all their hard work with a small gift

One of the best things about cruising is the wonderful staff who take care of you onboard. From your cabin steward to the waiters in the dining room, they work hard to make your vacation special.

If they went above and beyond for you, one of the best ways to show your appreciation for their efforts is with a small gift in addition to that tip.

Cabin stewards are responsible for keeping your cabin clean and tidy, so a small tip at the end of your cruise is always appreciated. You can also leave a gift for them in your cabin on the last day of the cruise.

So if you’re looking for a way to say thank you to the hard-working staff on your next cruise, consider leaving a small gift. It’s a great way to show your appreciation for all they do to make your vacation special.

Buy them something they can use on the ship, like a new towel or set of sheets

Often employees are on a ship for a minimum of 6 months. So, you could buy them something that they can use on the ship, like a new towel or set of sheets. This is a great way to show your appreciation and it’s also practical. Even personal care items that let them pamper themselves would be nice.

They might not be able to get to shore often and shop for themselves. It can be expensive to use cruise stores all the time.

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Candy or Chocolate

Candy and chocolate are always welcome gifts, and they’re easy to find at most stores. If you know the cabin steward has a sweet tooth, this is a great way to show your appreciation. Just be sure to get something that’s wrapped or packaged, so it doesn’t melt in the heat of the cabin.


A bottle of liquor is always appreciated by cabin stewards, especially if it’s something they can’t get where they live. If you’re not sure what kind of liquor to get, rum is always a good choice because it’s versatile and can be used in a lot of different cocktails. Vodka is also popular because it doesn’t clash with food flavors the way some other liquors do.

Get them a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant

A gift certificate is always a good option because it allows the recipient to choose what they want. If you’re not sure what to get or want to give the cabin steward a little extra spending money, this is a great way to do it. Just be sure to get a gift certificate from a place that delivers to the ship, so they can use it on the cruise.

Another option is to buy them a gift card to use in the onboard store or spa. This is a great way to let them know you appreciate their hard work and it’s also a practical gift that they can use during their rare spare time on the ship.

Give them something personal that shows you appreciate their efforts, like a scented candle or book

A scented candle or book are both thoughtful gifts that can be enjoyed time and again. Candles are available in a wide variety of scents, so you can choose one that will suit their taste. It might help their stateroom smell, but it might offend their roommates.

With so many books to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will appeal to their interests and they often share reading material with each other. Keep in mind they usually come from countries like the Philippines, so they may not be able to read English that well.

It is also advisable to avoid political or religious materials.

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Make sure your gift is wrapped and labeled with your name and cabin number so they know who it’s from!

Cruise Ships are large and can be easy to get lost in. If you’re planning on giving a gift to someone on the ship, make sure it’s wrapped and labeled with your name and cabin number.

That way, they’ll be able to easily find you and say thank you. It’s also a good idea to put your cabin number on any gifts you receive, so you can keep track of them and be sure to pack them when you disembark.

Following these simple tips will help ensure that your gifts are appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Final Thoughts on Gift Ideas for Cruise Cabin Stewards

When you’re cruising, one of the best ways to show your appreciation for all the hard work your cabin steward does is by giving them a tip, and then, a small gift.

No matter what gift you choose, your cabin steward will appreciate your thoughtfulness. So pick something that you think they’ll like, and enjoy the rest of your cruise!

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