Anyway, I usually tip a 2 spot (2 dollar bill) For room service, and then I usually tip 20 at the end of the cruise if I liked the steward. I think I tipped the guy 5 to start out but I am not sure. Cant remember. Had my mind on something else.
Yes, the automatic gratuities go on your shipboard account; you may tip individuals anytime but the end of the cruise is traditional (except for room service--you should tip every time you receive an order).
The stewards and waiters do not know who is tipping or how much.
This of course is one of the arguments against the automatic gratuity--no incentive. My feeling is it is more convenient and I would think the pool would actually be larger; how many are actually going to go to the trouble of camcelling out the gratuity on the last morning; and many tip extra on top of the automatic gratuity.
Oh "Tipping" as in money... I thought it was a city in China we were talking about.
I allways find my Cabin Stewart first thing and introduce my self and explain if he see's beer in my cabin to make sure it is iced down. I also tell him my usuall daily routine about my afternoon nap at 4:30 till 8:00. I will mention if there were any Cute ladies sailing alone to direct them to my cabin as I give free ship tours. That gets us joking and I hand him a $20.00 bill. and say theres more for you by the end of the cruise. and tell him to keep it to himself.
I still have the prepaid gratuities active.
I also tip cash to the waiter or waitress on the first night.
we have been over this on this board before and Im just saying what work's well for me.
T.I.P.S to me means To insure Promise of Service
I love how worked up people get over tips "I dont want to tip him beforehand because he might do something I dont liek and I need to punish him!!!!" For gods sake. Just enjoy your vaca and tip like you only live once.