Posted September 5th, 2017, 08:57 AM
I can only speak from my personal experiences on the crew side of this question. And while I was not in the housekeeping side of the operation, I naturally spoke with both front line employees and their supervisors, and observed their interaction during my day of supervising the maintenance of the front of house. While not turning down a few cabins twice a day, or skipping towel animals may save the stewards a few minutes of labor each day, do not think that they are free to go to their cabins or other crew public areas with this free time. If they are not found "on station" at the required times, they can be disciplined by their supervisor, so they will just tend to hang out in the crew stairwells by the linen lockers and chat. Some cruise lines have gone to time clocks on the ships, and while there are many clocks around the ship, clocking in or out at a location removed from their duty station raises a red flag as to the validity of the clock entry.