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Old 09-25-2007, 06:06 AM
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I know I read somewhere that Carnival automatically puts the tips on your card but you can take this off and pay them on your own. I am going on a cruise in October and my husband and I do not plan on going to a lot of the dinners in the dining room. I don't want to tip the dining room people if I am not eating there every night. How do you take the automatic charge off your card and do you just pay cash at the end of the cruise?
Also what is recommended, putting cash on your sign and sail card or using a credit card?
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BTW, we called Carnival today and asked if our port of calls have been changed. The guy said Costa Maya is definitely off but they haven't decided what to replace it with yet.
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:32 AM
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Yes your tips are automatically put on your sign and sail card, but you can have them removed. Go to the purser's desk and tell them to remove them as you wish to tip yourself. They prefer you do it on your card bht will take them off. As for the question about cash or credit card, I always do the credit card. I have cruised with Carnival over 15 times and have never had a problem. I like the fact that I have 30 days to pay the bill once the cruise is over. I've seen on this forum where some folks have had problems with usuing the credit card method but it has always worked for me.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:27 AM
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I know I read somewhere that Carnival automatically puts the tips on your card but you can take this off and pay them on your own. I am going on a cruise in October and my husband and I do not plan on going to a lot of the dinners in the dining room. I don't want to tip the dining room people if I am not eating there every night. How do you take the automatic charge off your card and do you just pay cash at the end of the cruise?
Also what is recommended, putting cash on your sign and sail card or using a credit card?
Thanks!
BTW, we called Carnival today and asked if our port of calls have been changed. The guy said Costa Maya is definitely off but they haven't decided what to replace it with yet.
I would like to make a point about tipping the waiters. You will eat somewhere, if not in the dining room then on the lido deck. Look around and you see an army of people cleaning up after you, bringing clean napkins and tableware, cleaning the tables and bringing you drinks. These are the very same people who wait on you in the dinning room. In my opinion they should be tipped like you would in any restrauant. This is one of the primary reasons the tips are put on your card, guests forget things like this. I suggest you leave the tips on the card and then suppliment with cash on the spot if something is extra special.

If you still want to take it off then look at the carnival web site to see how the tips are broken down. Take a look at what the wait staff gets and decide if it is to much or to little, you can adjust from that if you only eat on the lido deck.

And I also use a credit card and have never had a problem. Very convienant.
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I totally agree w/you. But I would like to decide how my tips are divided up. I would like to tip people who serve me or take care of me on my own. On our last Carnival cruise our room steward was EXCELLENT and we gave him extra. However one of waiters in the dining room was less than helpful.
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:56 AM
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I totally agree w/you. But I would like to decide how my tips are divided up. I would like to tip people who serve me or take care of me on my own. On our last Carnival cruise our room steward was EXCELLENT and we gave him extra. However one of waiters in the dining room was less than helpful.
Good. I also am serious about tipping. Both ways. I have increased my tips on Carnival through the Purser and with cash and once I did not tip the Room Steward at all. It does depend on the service.

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:17 AM
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Here is a link to the website section regarding tipping. I usually leave them, and then give extra to people. Because of a certain circumstance I have adjusted the Dining Room Service Team before. I think using a credit card is the best way to secure your S&S account. You can always pay it down with cash or traveler's checks during the cruise.

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We are sailing on the Glory!
I really liked the Glory. I think WEEEEEE.... Jimmmy is still the CD. Very funny man, a Scot. You will love him if he is still in charge of the Glory when you sail.
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Hi Cruisedad,
Yep, WEEEE Jimmy is still the cruise director...he is a mess..lol. At the Legends show he was "Dolly Pardon" too funny. We just got off Glory on Saturday the 22nd.
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I do have to state as far as the tips are concerned, these people work LOOONG hours, and those who are in the dining room, also do double duty on the Lido deck. When the tips are pooled, then they are equally divided between those that work. Even the cabin stewards do double duty on other parts of the ship. These tips are well deserved. $70.00 per person for the week is minimal for tipping. Then if someone goes beyond the service, tip extra. Also, when you have the tips removed from either the cabin steward or wait staff, Carnival wants to know why...Carnival also base their promotions etc, on the reviews that are given. So do take the time to fill out the survey cards, and if you do remove tips, let Carnival know that it was not do to the person not doing their job, but just because you did not utilize the services in the dining room.
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