Is there such a thing as "over-tipping" a crew member during your cruise? Or am I unwittingly a cheap-skate?
I plan to take a cruise in the fall onboard the Carnival Glory. So, I naturally went to CruiseReviews.com to read up on the most recent reviews about the Glory.
So, I was reading the latest review of the Glory submitted buy this guy who was on the New Years Eve cruise aboard that ship. I was a little caught off guard when I read about how much he tipped the service crewmembers:
He tipped his waiter and assistant waiter $40 the first night, $10 every night in between, and finally $20 the last night. THATS $110!!
Then he tipped his cabin steward $20 the first night, and $5 every other day. Thats $40
I suppose this did not include the automatic gratuity Carnival charges to your cruise account.
AS FOR ME, During my cruise:
I of course paid the automatic gratuity charges. Then on the last night (enclosed in envelopes) I gave the cabin steward, waiter, and assistant waiter a $20 bill (each one, individually). I also gave the cabin steward a $3 tip, one night when he opened my cabin door, after I accidentaly left my door card inside. I also tipped the Maitre'D $15 (enclosed in another envelope) on the last night. I thought I was being rather generous. But compared to that guy on the New Years Eve cruise aboard the Glory, I look like a cheap-skate.
There is one major difference between me and that guy:
- I was travelling alone
- He was travelling with his family (which included two preteen daughters).
But even in proportion to the 4:1 ratio, he still out-tipped me. I am sure he got really good service (he BETTER HAVE).
I know these service crew members, usually come from poor nations of the world, and are themselves equally disatvantaged, financially. So tipping them is not in question.
What I would really like to know, is which form of tipping is more normal, tipical or acceptable:
- The amount of tips I gave on my cruise?
- Or the amount of tips that guy on the Carnival Glory gave on his New Years Eve cruise?