Hello! We are cruising first time ever in a few weeks aboard the zenith to bermuda. We have NO idea what we're doing, and so, here are a few questions. I've read the posts....question 1. do you tip each day? For example, do we tip the luggage person who brings our bags to our room right then and there? Do we tip the room service people when they arrive? Do we tip bartenders? Next, what is a category 6 room? If anyone can let us know MUST DO's in bermuda, that would be great. My husband and I would love to find some out of the way beaches? any other info for us newbies would be so appreciated. thanks ! Oh, and can you FEEL the boat moving/rocking?
First relax, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and plenty of smiles. Tipping is totally up go you, I'll share what we do. We leave the automatic tipping on our shipboard card. We tip the bartenders and the cocktail waiter/ess when they serve us a drink. They add a 15% gratuity to the bill, but I believe they deserve a tip (my opinion). If you use room service, you tip the waiter when he delivers. Your cabin steward will great you when you arrive, some people give them a little tip in the beginning (we usually give them $5 or $10), but you do not have to. You probably will not see the person delivering your luggage, we've never seen them. The only thing I remember about Bermuda is Horseshoe beach and it was great (been a long time since I've been there). You feel very little movement on board unless the seas are rough. To me, it helps put me to sleep because it is so gentle. They have stabilizers on the ships, and will try to avoid bad weather when possible. Bermuda is a very clean island and the people are very friendly. Kick back and relax, you'll have a wonderful time!!
Thanks penny !! Its abit overwhelming at first, and we want to do the right thing. Of course we intend to tip (and well) but we just didnt know the timing of when to do it! Have you been on the Zenith? Are there quiet areas to sit and enjoy the view?
Different suggestion regarding tipping cocktail waiter/ress and bartenders. If you "hang out" at the same place (and you'll probably do that - I know I do) - these folks will remember you and you will remember them. They don't look for a tip EACH and EVERY time (carrying $$ around is a pain in the butt) - on the last day/evening you are in your fav place - tip them (the front desk will have envelopes you can use) for that "last" drink while in the background you (might) hear the old refrain "...we'll meet again, don't know where, don't when...".
I haven't been on the Zenith, but on every ship we've been on so far, I've found a quiet place to sit. We usually book balconies, so for me, that's where I hang out. On the Princess ships they have a lounge outside of the photo gallery that is a great place to go to have a cocktail and watch the ocean. I'm sure the Zenith will have a place like that as well. The one thing great about a cruise, there is no wrong thing. I know it is overwhelming, but once on board, you'll be completely at ease. When you've settled into your cabin and gone through the muster, explore the ship and you'll find all the places you'll want to visit. Read the ship's paper each morning to find out what you want to see/do that day/evening. You can be as busy as you want to be. If you don't feel like doing anything, you don't have to. I usually need a couple of days to rest once we're back because there's so much to do. However, on sea days, I'll sometimes take a short nap, then it's out to the pool or bar or casino, etc. Maybe someone out there has sailed on the Zenith and can let you know some great places on board. Best Wishes!
thanks for all the info! Ok, another question... my husband does not own a tux. Will a navy blue suit work on the formal nights? What is the difference btw informal and casual? From what I read it looks like you wait to tip your waiter until the last night? Do you have more than one waiter? Silly questions?? how about another one- do you recommend a large table for dinner or a more private for 2? thanks again everyone
A suit will be just fine. For casual attire, my husband wears dockers or dress slacks, a polo shirt and a jacket. He's just happy because he hates wearing a tie. There is usually a head waiter and his assitant at each table. There will also be a waiter that will take your bar order. For the wait staff in the dining room and cabin steward, the end of the cruise is when we tip extra. As I posted before, we leave auto tipping on our shipboard account and tip a little extra at the end of the cruise. The table size is strictly up to you, we normally choose a table with 6-8 because I am a total people person. My husband would be happy eating in front of the tv. We've met some really nice people at the dinner table. It's fun to hear what they've done during the day and what they're planning on doing after dinner. We've even run into them on excursions.
Princess makes it easy to know what to pack and what to wear when you're dining onboard. There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal.
Smart Casual Evenings:
Passengers dress as they would for a fine restaurant at home.
• Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies
• Pants and open-neck shirts for men
In the dining room, items such as cutoff T-shirts, shorts, halter tops, and jeans are not permitted; shoes must be worn at all times.
• Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for ladies
• Tuxedo, slacks with dinner jackets, or suits for men
Regarding who to tip - there will be a list of recommendations of whom to tip and how much to tip. If you keep to the "pre-paid" tips you are pretty much done unless there is someone special you want to acknowledge.
You will find that if you sit at a table of eight, there will be at least ONE couple (if not all of them) that will be fun. That's how most of us on the forum have met our "cruise buddies".