Can anyone help please?
We are going on our first cruise in 2 weeks time and i can see that with Princess tipping is already added to your shipboard account but i am unsure that even if your steward brings you (ice or room service etc ) should you tip him or her then?
penny3333 is right; if you feel your cabin steward does a great job you can tip him/her extra at the end of the cruise--or even during; but things like ice, robes, fruit basket are part of the service (although you will have to request a robe and let him know you want fruit when you board--it's not automatic).
But room service is brought by a different department. You will be asked to sign a receipt stating the time you received your order and a place for you to write in a gratuity. This will be added to your shipboard account. What I usually do is write $1 or $2 on the receipt and give the room service steward a couple of dollars also.
Hope this answers your question.
By the way, congratulations on your first cruise; how exciting.
When we were on Holland America last fall, our tips were included on our ships account. We wanted to add something to our room steward and our dining room waiters, and was told that anything given to them over and above the automatic gratuities, still was to be added to the "gratuity pot" that is shared by all. The next time, we will slip cash to our support crew on a daily basis.....
My experience has been that I too was told that it would have to be added to a gratuity pot. I have a problem with shared tips because why should someone who is going above and beyond have to get the same amount as someone who is barely getting by.
I have had both types of service above and so I just am cheap and do not tip extra anymore, they have to deal with the automatic tips that are added to my bill.
While I might agree with you in principle, the tip is as much to ensure good future service as it is to reward past good service;
you might just be "cutting off your nose to spite your face", to use a trite, old, but true expression.