When our son was young (pre-teens) we would always tip key people in advance and let them know that we really appreciated their efforts at keeping an eye on our son. It worked great.
My wife's Mom became ill with Alzheimer’s and we continued to cruise with her long after most people would have. The day that we boarded the ship I would find Elizabeth's cabin steward, explain that Elizabeth needed special attention and tip them $100 on the spot. Elizabeth became famous instantly on the ship and everyone looked out for her.
Tipping can certainly improve your experience on a cruise, in my opinion.
The tips that are charged for on a daily basis are distributed between the head waiter, ***'t waiter and your cabin steward. The Camp Carnival Counselors do not share in any of this pool. I always advise parents that utilize the Camp Carnival services that if they are extremly happy with it to make sure to tip the staff seperately since as I stated they do not share in the tipping pool. We always tip our cabin steward more either at the end of the cruise or at the beginning if we request anything special..for example: the cruise we just returned from on the Carnival Triumph the cabin did not have a refrigerator, but we carried a large collapsible cooler bag with us for our soft drinks and asked our cabin stewardess to please keep ice in it...she did, in fact it was so heavy after adding ice that she would drag it to our cabin each day) for this she received a very nice extra tip. She was wonderful. She also scheduled her time to clean the cabin based on my teen daughters sleeping..as Nancy stated, my daughter felt that her day started around noon every day, but we always had a clean room. As far as the waiters in the dining room, even if you eat at the lido buffet, you will find that when your dining staff is not working in the evenings, they are working in the open seating for breakfast and lunch and also they may be seen in the lido restaruant working. $10.00/day is very little to pay for the extra work these people do to make your trip extra special.
Originally posted by peachcrek:
ummmmm I am really surprised that you think 10.00 a day is alot for tipping for the children, let me ask you how much do you pay for a babysitter for them when you and your wife go out for a evening, and while you are thinking about that how many hours are you going out for 2 -3 -4. when the kids go to camp carnival they are there on an average of 6 to 12 hours depending on the programs so that 10.00 can be 1.00 a hour to 75 cents a hour for each child, your children wil be tended with fun things to do and responsible cruise personel that will be sure your kids will have a great time, and leave you free not to worry while they are with them, they do have a slumber night on board one night so mom and dad can stay out till 3;00 or stay in to do adult things without the kids running in and out, they do charge 25.00 for the first member and extra siblings are either 5.00 or 10 dollars they take them from 7: pm till 3: am and have a slumber party with who ever signs up and they bring each of the children back to your cabin at 3: am we did not even hear my grand-daughter come back to the room they made sure she was safe and sound and she had a great night she got to stay up till 3 in the morning, they even make sure they get fed if you go on shore and decide to leave them in camp Carnival to do any excursions without the kids, when we were on the Victory we chatted with one of the counselers out by the water slide she was watching 2 boys they did not want to go on shore with mom and dad they wanted to use the waterslide and play in the pool so she stayed with them even tho they were the only 2 that signed up for the day at port, trust me it will be the best 10.00 a day you will ever spend and it includes the room steward to as they also keep a eye on the kids, and even the dining room waiters we ran into, our waiters in buffet and other places on ship and they always went out of there way to make sure the kids had everything they needed as far as food and cheerful conversation, in the beginning I to thought that 10.00 was abit much but after 6 cruises you come to appreciate the crew members and how hard they work to make your vacation something to remember, so think again what 10.00 a day can buy you, peace of mind!! Fran happy cruz'n
I think one factor that people always forget is that normally tips for services rendered for children are considerably cheaper than adults because the tip is based on the cost of meal or haircut or whatever and it is less expensive than the adults. If you eat out as a family, the tip is based on the entire cost of the meal, and the children's portions are considerably less. I think the logical solution is to apportion the tips where deserved on the cruise. For example, if the kids eat room service for the majority of meals, their portion of the food service tip should go directly to room service. If they are in the kid activities, allot a portion of the overall tip to the people involved in that. I see both sides of this issue. Many parents will not bring a 3 year old to dinner every evening; therefore, why tip the waiter for the child's portion? I also understand that certain people on the ship will be directly involved with entertaining and taking care of the kids, so they should be tipped accordingly. I think the tips should be based on services received, not on those available.
That is where the additional tips go- the cash handouts. If you use a lot of room service, you tip them more. The thing to do for a 7 day cruise is: take 2-4 50's depending on your preference, and pay the waiter and the cabin steward one or two of those (cabin steward no more than 50, and one of those other 50's for a bartender if you party heavily on the cruise, and the waiter gets 50 no matter what, and perhaps more if you have 4 or more traveling with you or you get excellent service).
Then you bring 100 1's. Those are key! You can tip the porters, room service guys, haggle with local merchants better, pay for cabs, etc. I brought 100 and got another 50 1's from the purser. Should have brought 200 and paid for all souvenirs, etc with 1's!