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13 minutes ago, twangster said:

Not bad total compensation considering zero room and board and most likely very little taxation.  I'm sure other crew are envious.

On another board, there was concern for the Genies emotional well being.  Apparently, they are berated often by other guests for saving seats, walking guest to the front of the line etc.  And not all SC passengers are easy going, low maintenance people.  The grass is always greener on the other side....

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29 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes, I think it's 3 rooms/Genie on Harmony.  There are fewer SC rooms on Harmony than the other ships so the other ships may have more than 3 each.

Harmony has the 4 bedroom Presidential suite that Allure and Oasis don't have.  I would imagine whoever gets that room has their fair share of work cut out for them.

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I'm like @Sabrinaklai , I have a little less than a year now to think about this, but I do believe it will be based on what I feel the service level is, as @Raysays about restaurant tipping, I usually start at 20% and then go up or down from there, so this will be similar, I will set a percentage in mind and then go up or down from there, my wife and I are typically low maintenance, but we will see, I think a lot of it will be the 2 weeks leading up to the cruise when the Genie is supposed to contact us and find out our wants and desires, scheduling dinners and shows etc., that I would normally do myself.

I can't remember what my wife was saying that she was going to asked the Genie for, I think it was something silly like always having Snickers or M&M's in the room... 

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18 minutes ago, tiny260 said:

I'm like @Sabrinaklai , I have a little less than a year now to think about this, but I do believe it will be based on what I feel the service level is, as @Raysays about restaurant tipping, I usually start at 20% and then go up or down from there, so this will be similar, I will set a percentage in mind and then go up or down from there, my wife and I are typically low maintenance, but we will see, I think a lot of it will be the 2 weeks leading up to the cruise when the Genie is supposed to contact us and find out our wants and desires, scheduling dinners and shows etc., that I would normally do myself.

I can't remember what my wife was saying that she was going to asked the Genie for, I think it was something silly like always having Snickers or M&M's in the room... 

My daughter wants Oreos.  Lots of Oreos.  A bathtub full.  I told her that might be going too far....

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We would most likely never be able to do these classes of rooms unless we were upgraded. As mentioned before, if we had some type of free or really cheap upgrade fee, it would be really hard to tip big. I do believe in tipping but there must be a point. Tipping the same amount as my tickets sounds insane to me but again this class wouldn't be a norm for me anyway. I rather spend less and do more trips. They must be understanding when some people tip more then others, I am sure they can tell when someone gives them what they can even if they feel like they deserved more. I would say tip what you feel you can afford but yet shows you are really thankful for their help. I am sure they are used to different situations and will appreciate whatever they get. I mean they must be happy with what they make if they continue to renew their contracts.

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We just got back from the Allure in a 2 Bdrm ATS with a Genie.  We were 2 couples and we each tipped $200 per couple so $400 for the week for our room. 

Our genie was awesome and made this a magical week for us.  He made all our reservations to shows and dining, we got to do some behind the scenes tours, specialty cocktails hand crafted in our room each day if we wanted, Starbucks and donuts delivered every morning to our room, cake for an anniversary and a birthday, dining on our balcony to watch the Aqua Theater show, and many more small things that made us feel special that didn't impact other guests.  It was pretty much the most stress free vacation we have ever had.  

We got a really good price for the room and would do it again in a heartbeat. 

 

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1 minute ago, jlwrinkle said:

We just got back from the Allure in a 2 Bdrm ATS with a Genie.  We were 2 couples and we each tipped $200 per couple so $400 for the week for our room. 

Our genie was awesome and made this a magical week for us.  He made all our reservations to shows and dining, we got to do some behind the scenes tours, specialty cocktails hand crafted in our room each day if we wanted, Starbucks and donuts delivered every morning to our room, cake for an anniversary and a birthday, dining on our balcony to watch the Aqua Theater show, and many more small things that made us feel special that didn't impact other guests.  It was pretty much the most stress free vacation we have ever had.  

We got a really good price for the room and would do it again in a heartbeat. 

 

Thanks for the feedback!  Just curious...who was your Genie?

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We will be on Allure in April in a Sky/Star Loft.  I only know the Genies on Harmony so it's nice to at least know the name of one on Allure !

The 2 BR ATS are nice.  We've had 3 of them.  It's a long walk back there though.  Looking forward to the closer suite up on 17. It will be our first time up there.

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Our genie name on oasis was Smitha.  My contribution to this very useful thread.   We traveled from Barcelona Spain for 7 days in the aqua theater suite.   She made our trip amazing. We have always purchased suites, but this one had the genie,  not sure how,  but our genie was incredible.  I'd do it again and again!!  We have 5 cruises from now to 2021.  If 2022 was open I would have booked our next cruise.   We love cruising!!

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On 2/11/2018 at 1:26 PM, JLMoran said:

Man, $2,150 a month?!? That's $25,800 a year, really less since they're on contract and will most likely have at least a month between contracts, to be a full-time professional butler to a level of clientele that is paying that much just for their 7-night trip?? (assuming no casino rate or other deep discounts)

I know, I know, all depends on where that person came from and how far that dollar goes. But when the genie is supposed to be several cuts above the typical stateroom attendant in level of service and professionalism, that just strikes me as a slap in the face. Given they work 7 days a week for at least 8 hours a day, that's a measly $9.60 per hour! Barely over minimum wage (at least in some states; others it's well below current minimum wage levels) for a highly demanding service profession.

Depending on where they are from $9.60 per hour may be a decent salary. You can’t really compare them to living in the states when many are from really poor countries.

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Tipping is such a personal thing and I also believe everyone should tip what they are comfortable with. One day I asked my room attendant how they felt about people that tipped a lot or very little. His answer was" I am quite happy with what I make here, that's why I keep coming back" He also told me that he makes more than his whole family together make back home.

 

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My husband and i has a Royal Genie on the Allure of the Seas last year and we tipped $500.00 for the week. We are pretty low key and  didn't use him all that much. He was a great guy and checked in a couple of time a day to see if there was anything we needed. He helped with reservations and shore excursions and what he did for us was top notch.

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