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Old 11-26-2007, 06:06 PM
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Going on 1st cruise. Is it better to give a single tip at beginning of cruise or wait till end or tip daily.

For dining, room steward, room service, etc.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:16 PM
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The customary tipping is done at the end, usually on the account you set up in advance. Passing a few dollars out for baggage handlers, room service and exceptional service in other areas can be done at the time services are recieved.

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Old 11-27-2007, 09:03 AM
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To add to what Neil posted, the Room Service is tipped "as used" the normal "auto gratuity" charge added to your account is the $10 per person per day that includes the dinning room staff and room steward(s). When you order a bard drink, they normally add on a tip to the bill, so you don't even need to tip then.

A little "extra" tip to the stewards when you meet them helps get you some better service. But other than that, you only hand out additional tips if service warrants it. On the flipside, if the dinning staff or room stewards service is lacking you can go to the purser's desk and adjust the auto gratuity as you see fit.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:52 AM
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Going on 1st cruise. Is it better to give a single tip at beginning of cruise or wait till end or tip daily.

For dining, room steward, room service, etc.
There are many discussions on tipping. Try using the find option to see what else has been said about tipping. There is a wealth of info here.
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To add to what Neil posted, the Room Service is tipped "as used" the normal "auto gratuity" charge added to your account is the $10 per person per day that includes the dinning room staff and room steward(s). When you order a bard drink, they normally add on a tip to the bill, so you don't even need to tip then.

A little "extra" tip to the stewards when you meet them helps get you some better service. But other than that, you only hand out additional tips if service warrants it. On the flipside, if the dinning staff or room stewards service is lacking you can go to the purser's desk and adjust the auto gratuity as you see fit.
hello, i got a question for you , they always add it in to my total price, but do the people know you tipped up front or not ?.cause when i dont they look all stuip at you, or do you have to tell them ,you tipped up front?
i tip the house keeping extra, thats the only one , the dining room service is really bad.

just bring a few quaters for the dinning area LOL.

p/s if you get coke with youre food its best to take a few cans you brought from home to dinner
i aked for a second coke twice i was to the point of choking to death, and still a got no coke.water with felitmimon is not a class act!
when i findly aksed the woman where my coke was she didnt even say she was sorry , but was emmbarresed she didnt even come back to the table. hope youre dinning exp. is better ,, i wrote it on the comment card the table i sat at, and what she did, and didnt do!
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:26 PM
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We have had different reports on this. We have heard from some "in the know" that they have a list of people who have paid the "auto-tips" so that would say they know who paid. But if you went up on the last day and adjusted the tips due to poor service, they could know until you were gone, so I am uncertain. They charge the tips the first day to your S&S account, so unless you refused this, in their eyes you gave them your tip.
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My understanding is that they know if passenger X has stayed with the auto-tipping thing, and if passenger Y has opted out at the front end of the cruise. It is a morale issue too, and I'd like to think that the staff would know "okay, Dave is sticking with the automatic deal so I know I have X dollars coming from him and his family".

There really is a needless amount of mystery with this. I don't know why the cruise lines seem incapable or unwilling to clearly detail the policy with the passengers.
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I give my room person a $20 on the very first day....PLUS their tips at the end of the cruise which I have billed to my card....the upfront money is extra...and it seems to help in getting the room perfect every day....if the waiter/waitress is especially good, they get an additional $20 also....I carry $2 bills to give out for special service to anyone that gives me special service..:-)....pool person, cleaning crew, etc...Everyone on the ship works hard and long hours....and at $10 a day...Such a Deal:-)

Have a Grand Cruise.

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Old 11-27-2007, 09:14 PM
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Its best to wait until the ending of the cruise. The ship normally gives recommendations on how much to tip the different levels of staff.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:53 PM
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Hi Family Cruiser,

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Again, Welcome Aboard!

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