Dave, I think they do have ways of finding out also. I took my Stewards tip off the second day because I always tip them cash. He acted a little indifferent the next day. So I took Him aside and told Him. He was very happy. I don't know if it was because he knew he was getting a tip or if was because would be immediate cash.
When I started cruising it was cash, so I got use to doing it that way. I do leave the General Service Tip on my account because so many people help you at Lido dining area, you would never be able to track them down.
It would be a big leap for me to pre-pay, but as I am finding out on another "thread" I have out-dated thinking on some things
As is the case in all service industries with solid training and staff retention, whether tips are pre-paid, posted daily, handed out in cash, or demanded from the owners as part of a union contract, service is always better when we introduce ourselves to the server as a human being respecting another human being... not as a customer making demands and threatening livelihoods.
I do the prepaid tips and pay them before I even go on the cruise but I also give cash on the last day that we see the providers that we want to give extra to. They say you can go add or delete as you see fit at the pursers desk but I feel like you can feel a litle more satisfied if you walk up and hand someone "a little more". These people work very hard and are amazing at their job. I think the $10 per day is very little considering
I tip extra too. Last year I even tipped my Assistant Steward. She was making my bed at 10am then was cleaning in the casino at 2am! The next day She brought ice at 2pm..So I questioned as to why she was bringing more ice at that hour as most Stewards are on break then. Answer, the Main Steward told Her to re-ice my beer before she quit her shift. They work unbelievable hours. And as they call it "'Ship's Life" is very hard. Sometimes you may get a slacker, but more often than not they go above and beyond.
I agree with IslandCruz. Also, I find it totally amazing that our cabin steward knew our name after hearing it once and every time he saw us he greeted us by name, whether we were in our cabin, somewhere in the halls or where ever! I was blown away by his memory. He did the same for all the rest of my party on the cruise
I'm with you h20watson- I was amazed with the name retention too. Our steward knew our names by sight after we introduced ourselves. Actually have came in after we dropped our carry on in the cabin and said Mr and Mrs C.. I am your cabin steward.... And then on seeing him in the halls he would call us by name. They do all work very hard, I tip extra when I see them doing extra things to make our trip more special. That goes for the dinning staff too.
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