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Old 11-03-2011, 03:46 PM
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$11.50 per day is a downright bargain!!! How Carnival was able to keep it at just $10/day has amazed me for some time. I have never complained nor had reason to complain about service upon any ship...maybe I've been lucky but ....cruise lines generally maintain such high standards with their personnel....I find it quite easy to give them a bit more than the standard fare!!

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Old 11-16-2011, 10:50 AM
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On my last cruise (Carnival Dream) I noticed the quality of service was excellent, but the quantity of service had decreased from previous cruises.

- I never had an empty water glass in the dining room for more than 1 minute - sometimes it took as much as 5 minutes for a waiter to refill it
- It took much longer to clean our rooms than before

The cause was simple - the waiters and the room stewards were covering 3 times the territory than they used to. I gave them all an extra tip for being overworked

I had married into a Chinese family, and by a stroke of luck we were at sea for Chinese New Year. I had brought aboard a stack of "lucky envelopes" for tips and they all loved it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:50 AM
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On my last cruise (Carnival Dream) I noticed the quality of service was excellent, but the quantity of service had decreased from previous cruises.

- I never had an empty water glass in the dining room for more than 1 minute - sometimes it took as much as 5 minutes for a waiter to refill it
- It took much longer to clean our rooms than before

The cause was simple - the waiters and the room stewards were covering 3 times the territory than they used to. I gave them all an extra tip for being overworked

I had married into a Chinese family, and by a stroke of luck we were at sea for Chinese New Year. I had brought aboard a stack of "lucky envelopes" for tips and they all loved it.
This has been my observation as well on my last two cruises. I saw no difference in the standard of service quality - only the time it took to provide it. I can't make a judgement about the Stateroom service as I had Your Time Dining. The Steward asked me to put the "Cruisin' / Snoozin' sign on the door so he would know. In which I failed to do most often. My Stateroom was near the Aft elevator bank. Sometimes I would see the Steward all the way up the corridor near the Mid ship elevators. I was greeted by name and asked if I was going to dinner and if so he would go clean my cabin. The cabin was kept spotless despite my irregular dining times. I tipped extra the last night in an envelope. On debarkation morning, his last words were "God bless you, Mr. Dwayne".

How in the world they remember everyone's name I will never know.
 
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