10 Surprising Things Your Cabin Steward Can Do

by Kayla Becker

10 Surprising Things Your Cabin Steward Can Do

by Kayla Becker

Take a moment to say hello to your cabin steward when you set sail — you’re going to be seeing a lot of him or her during your stay. Sure, cabin stewards make the beds twice a day, change out the towels, and yes, leave a chocolate on the pillow — but that’s not all they do. Even on budget lines, cabin stewards go the extra mile with personal touches to make sure cruisers are happy campers. Here are some of the most useful things you can request — on any ship, at any price point.

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Balcony cabin on Carnival Freedom / Carnival Cruise Line
Canapés
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1. Bring Cocktail Hour to You

Want to create your own predinner happy hour? Cabin stewards on Celebrity will deliver sparkling wine and daily canapés on the dot at a specific time of day, say, a midafternoon snack to tide everyone over before dinner, at no extra charge for guests in Concierge Class staterooms and above. On MSC, for an extra fee, you can preorder cocktails to be delivered to your stateroom as well. There’s no charge if you’re staying in the MSC Yacht Club.

Want to create your own predinner happy hour? Cabin stewards on Celebrity will deliver sparkling wine and daily canapés on the dot at a specific time of day, say, a midafternoon snack to tide everyone over before dinner, at no extra charge for guests in Concierge Class staterooms and above. On MSC, for an extra fee, you can preorder cocktails to be delivered to your stateroom as well. There’s no charge if you’re staying in the MSC Yacht Club.

Cabin on Carnival Liberty
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2. Make the bed “American Style” 

You might be surprised to find a comforter, sans top sheet, outfitting your cabin bed. This is the European style of making a bed, but it’s a simple ask for the cabin stewards on mainstream lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean to add that missing layer. They’ll even throw in your favorite towel animal or, on MSC, a hypoallergenic pillow on request, too.

You might be surprised to find a comforter, sans top sheet, outfitting your cabin bed. This is the European style of making a bed, but it’s a simple ask for the cabin stewards on mainstream lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean to add that missing layer. They’ll even throw in your favorite towel animal or, on MSC, a hypoallergenic pillow on request, too.

Toiletries
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3. Supply Those Toiletries You Forgot 

Razor, toothbrush, shampoo — you name it — are all so easy to forget when packing your toiletry kit. Luckily, one note to the stewards on lines like Celebrity and MSC, and you’ll find your missing essentials waiting in your room. Plus, stewards on many lines — including Royal Caribbean — will bring you a shower stool if you request one.

Razor, toothbrush, shampoo — you name it — are all so easy to forget when packing your toiletry kit. Luckily, one note to the stewards on lines like Celebrity and MSC, and you’ll find your missing essentials waiting in your room. Plus, stewards on many lines — including Royal Caribbean — will bring you a shower stool if you request one.

Family Harbor cabin on Carnival Vista
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4. Cater to Families

Does your child have a favorite animated movie? Stewards on Disney Cruise Line will bring you sheets with the characters on them (Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” anyone?), so your little one can sleep tight with a touch of extra magic. New parents: Disney cabin stewards will also deliver a Diaper Genie, a godsend when traveling with a baby. We’ve seen cabin stewards on Celebrity take baby bottles and wash them overnight, too. 

Does your child have a favorite animated movie? Stewards on Disney Cruise Line will bring you sheets with the characters on them (Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” anyone?), so your little one can sleep tight with a touch of extra magic. New parents: Disney cabin stewards will also deliver a Diaper Genie, a godsend when traveling with a baby. We’ve seen cabin stewards on Celebrity take baby bottles and wash them overnight, too. 

Stocked mini-fridge
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5. Stock Your Mini-Fridge

You can have your in-cabin fridge filled with plenty of your favorite soft drink and waiting for you (Diet Coke, please) — and still only pay for the cans or bottles you drink.

You can have your in-cabin fridge filled with plenty of your favorite soft drink and waiting for you (Diet Coke, please) — and still only pay for the cans or bottles you drink.

Shoe shine
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6. Shine Your Shoes

The cabin stewards on a variety of lines, including Celebrity, will whisk away those scuffed-up shoes, and bring them back fresh and shiny so you look great at dinner. 

The cabin stewards on a variety of lines, including Celebrity, will whisk away those scuffed-up shoes, and bring them back fresh and shiny so you look great at dinner. 

Place setting
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7. Provide Silverware

One of the best ways to experience a port is to taste the local fare. And if you bring back fresh fruit or manchego cheese from, say, La Boqueria in Barcelona, you’re going to need a plate and a few utensils to enjoy it in the comfort of your room or on your balcony. Fortunately, your steward on lines including Norwegian will happily drop off some place settings — and whisk them away when you’re done.

One of the best ways to experience a port is to taste the local fare. And if you bring back fresh fruit or manchego cheese from, say, La Boqueria in Barcelona, you’re going to need a plate and a few utensils to enjoy it in the comfort of your room or on your balcony. Fortunately, your steward on lines including Norwegian will happily drop off some place settings — and whisk them away when you’re done.

Leaving a note
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8. Leave a Message for Other Guests 

Headed to the pool, but your friends are still lingering at the bar? You may not both have Wi-Fi at sea, so communicating can be difficult. Cabin steward to the rescue: Ask yours to leave a note in their cabin telling them where to meet up.

Headed to the pool, but your friends are still lingering at the bar? You may not both have Wi-Fi at sea, so communicating can be difficult. Cabin steward to the rescue: Ask yours to leave a note in their cabin telling them where to meet up.

Oreo cake from Carlo's Bake Shop on Norwegian Cruise Line
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9. Help You Celebrate

On top of singing “Happy Birthday” in the dining room, crew members from lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC can assist in organizing decorations in your stateroom for special occasions, and have been known to present guests with cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and special holidays. (You can also pay extra to have your cabin fully decorated by your steward, to surprise cabin mates on arrival.)

On top of singing “Happy Birthday” in the dining room, crew members from lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC can assist in organizing decorations in your stateroom for special occasions, and have been known to present guests with cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and special holidays. (You can also pay extra to have your cabin fully decorated by your steward, to surprise cabin mates on arrival.)

Balcony cabin on MSC Sinfonia
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10. Move the Stateroom Furniture

If one too many chairs in your cabin is cramping your style, on lines such as Norwegian or MSC, your cabin steward can remove one for you. They’re also masters at finding secret spaces to stash your suitcases once you’ve emptied them out. 

If one too many chairs in your cabin is cramping your style, on lines such as Norwegian or MSC, your cabin steward can remove one for you. They’re also masters at finding secret spaces to stash your suitcases once you’ve emptied them out. 

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