We will be on the Rhapsody Christmas cruise and would like to bring a small gift for our waiters, cabin attendant, etc. since most will be away from their families at Christmas. Does anyone have any ideas about what would be most appreciated by ship's staff? What do they want/need the most?
I to have agree with the phone card thing. That's what I'll be bringing on my cruise along with a cute little Christmas card to tuck them in. Our gratuities are almost always pre-paid, so I always found it a nice gesture to give these "extra" gifts to someone onboard that really went out of the way or did a really superior job or made my trip even more special. I try and do something like this year around on all my cruises. It all started with me on DCL , folks that sail her even started a club with a membership pin and compliment letter to give the CM's onboard that they want to recognize. Some of the things I have brought for them are small trinkets from Disneyworld (that actually say Disneyworld) like keychains, small excutive writting pens, ornaments...etc. But, keep in mind even a small compliment letter also works well if you really need to do something in a pinch. The last person I gave one too (again on DCL) the next time I saw him said they actually gave him a small raise due to all the compliment letters he got, so that must work too. I don't think RCCL folks will appreciate my Disney trinkets, so I am sticking to the phone card thing...it's a pretty univerally used gift.
Enjoy your cruise..I know I will!