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AVandrie 07-13-2009 10:56 AM

Howdy all! I am hoping you can give me your two cents about gratuities as our booked parties are a bit confused.

What exactly does prepaying gratuities cover?

I've read that it'll cover everything, however one of our members of our booking has found on Carnival's website that gratuities are automagically added to our Sign & Sail account for every drink we purchase. So in essence - are we paying twice for grats? Or was the bartender never covered in the prepaids? http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...n_confused.gif

Thanks for the info and any additional thoughts you might have. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

AVandrie 07-13-2009 10:56 AM

Howdy all! I am hoping you can give me your two cents about gratuities as our booked parties are a bit confused.

What exactly does prepaying gratuities cover?

I've read that it'll cover everything, however one of our members of our booking has found on Carnival's website that gratuities are automagically added to our Sign & Sail account for every drink we purchase. So in essence - are we paying twice for grats? Or was the bartender never covered in the prepaids? http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...n_confused.gif

Thanks for the info and any additional thoughts you might have. http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

Cruise Fanatic 07-13-2009 11:18 AM

Pre-paid gratuities can be added to the cost of your cruise and are all paid for at the time of final payment. NOTE: Pre-paid gratuities can not be adjusted once on board ship. If you don't Pre-pay gratuities then they will be added to your on board account. The on board account gratuities can be adjusted. Both Pre-paid, and on board gratuities cover your cabin steward, waiter, assistant waiter, and Head waiter.

Gratuity for drinks is an automatic 15% added on to any drink order. It is separate.

Dave 07-13-2009 11:20 AM

Look here. Bar staff tips are not included in the prepaid or automatic tips. They get their money from each drink they sell.

AVandrie 07-13-2009 12:00 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Pre-paid gratuities can be added to the cost of your cruise and are all paid for at the time of final payment. NOTE: Pre-paid gratuities can not be adjusted once on board ship. If you don't Pre-pay gratuities then they will be added to your on board account. The on board account gratuities can be adjusted. Both Pre-paid, and on board gratuities cover your cabin steward, waiter, assistant waiter, and Head waiter.

Gratuity for drinks is an automatic 15% added on to any drink order. It is separate. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is it safe to say that any room service is going to have a gratuity snuck into the bill then? Or are we covered with that?

Also, stupid question, but can you tell me what the difference is between a Maitre d' and cabin steward?

Thanks ya'll!

Dave 07-13-2009 12:14 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Is it safe to say that any room service is going to have a gratuity snuck into the bill then? Or are we covered with that?
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You need to tip room service each time they deliver an order. There is no room service bill - it is included in the cruise price but the people who deliver it should be tipped $2-$5 per order depending on the size of the order. Most of us will bring along a wad of $1 and $2 bills for this purpose.


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Also, stupid question, but can you tell me what the difference is between a Maitre d' and cabin steward? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The cabin attendant (it may be either a man or a woman) is responsible for cleaning your cabin, preparing it for bed time by turning down beds, and providing clean towels, ice, etc.

The Maitre d' is in charge of the main dining room. They usually have assistants or headwaiters responsible for sections of the dining room, who in turn supervise the waiters and assistant waiters (busboys).

tim c 07-13-2009 12:17 PM

a maitre-d is the one who organises the dinning room. he is in total control of wait staff and seating arrangements..he is on salary so we dont tip him.. out waiter does all the hard work. room service has no tipping added,though i give them a $1.00 tip when they deliver.

Jim C. 07-13-2009 12:42 PM

On our last cruise we actually had a maitre'd that made a direct impact on our cruise. We asked for a special dessert and he had them prepare it for us. He got a tip from me... but normally I don't tip them much if at all....

vietvet 07-19-2009 12:41 PM

I start the first night of the cruise by giving my waiter $20.00 folded and passed in a hand shake. And I say there is more to come if the service is good.I leave the tips on the automatic account as well. If the dinning room service is excellant- good I give extra the last night. It almost always works for us..

Dwayne 07-19-2009 05:42 PM

I don't usually tip the Maitre d' unless I ask him for something. Like being moved or arranging for different parties to be seated together.

Dwayne


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