So what did the butler see?
Very little according to australiancruisingnews.com who notes that butlers on cruise ships adopt a Jeeves-like stiff upper lip when necessary.
It is not just the super-rich who enjoy butler service as it is fast becoming the norm for many passengers on cruise ships on the world’s oceans and rivers.
So what is the difference between a personal butler and an attentive cabin attendant?
Butlers pick up where the cabin steward/stewardess leaves off, and handles all those little extra requests.
They unpack luggage, drop off the morning cuppa as dawn breaks and hors d’oeuvres late afternoon. They can also decorate the suite for special occasions such as a birthday or anniversary celebration, mix a martini, draw a bubble bath, book a spa treatment, or make a dinner reservation at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants.
“My butler” sounds grand and sits beautifully with the stylish accommodation and unobtrusive service australiancruisingnews.com enjoyed on Azamara Journey while cruising around the Greek Islands recently.
When I hear that my butler, from Sri Lanka, is concerned that I am not giving him enough to do, I call for extra fruit as I quickly become accustomed to the pampered life.
Silversea and Azamara cruise lines have butlers for all suites while Celebrity, Cunard, Crystal, MSC, P&O, Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas assign butlers to top suites.
Interestingly, Seabourn’s luxury fleet, which regularly garners industry awards for top service, has no butlers but a high staff-to-passenger ratio.
River cruise ships have also moved into pamper mode with butlers for many suites.