Originally Posted by Dave Beers
Which ship? Will it be a Haven suite?
I believe the butlers get a cut of the $12 daily service charge the cruise line adds to your onboard account, but I think an additional gratuity of $5 per person per day for the butler is typical. And with that, don't consider things like having dinner served in the cabin as a special service. I look at that as a normal duty for the butler.
If you are talking about NCL, the butlers are NOT part of the Daily Service Charge pool which goes toward compensation for all cabin stewards, servers and behind the scenes personnel we never see.
Butlers presumably receive a higher base pay, but I doubt any of us would consider it a living wage compared to US standards. Anything extra must be paid out of our pockets. We usually tip the room steward an extra $5 per person per day at the end of the cruise, and the butler around $10 per person per day. But, some suite passengers tip much more, depending on how much you use them, how attentive, etc. Of course the concierge is not in the DSC pool either.
Butlers on NCL will serve in room dinners every night if you wish, white tablecloth, course by course with wine; breakfasts; bring daily afternoon snacks; bring special treats for the kids; and anything else you can think of which is within their power to grant.
I have a lot of admiration for the sacrifice they make, leaving their families behind for months at a time, working 12+ hour days, 7 days a week in order to give their families a better life. I would never dream of not tipping them at the end of the cruise.