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Old 01-03-2005, 12:48 PM
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I would like to know which of the cruise lines have gone to the automatic gratuity system?Can someone give a quick run down as to which line's have it and which do not.Thanks in advance.
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I would like to know which of the cruise lines have gone to the automatic gratuity system?Can someone give a quick run down as to which line's have it and which do not.Thanks in advance.
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Tom,

gee - I hope the following list includes the most important U.S. lines:

Carnival: automatic or pre-paid
Celebrity: "old-fashioned"
Costa: automatic
Crystal: "old-fashioned"
Cunard: automatic
Holland America: automatic
NCL / NCL America: non-removable service charge + voluntary tipping
Oceania: automatic
Orient Lines: "old-fashioned"
Princess: automatic
Radisson Seven Seas: included
RCI: "old-fashioned"
Seabourn: included
Silversea: included
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I just learned that Cruise West also has a "service charge" they tack on which covers basic gratuities. One can also tip more if desired, of course. Tips on this small-ship cruise line are always pooled among the crew.
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Karen, that is interesting news indeed. I wonder if the other small ship lines will follow?

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Old 01-04-2005, 12:37 PM
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Thanks for the input. It will definately help me decide which way to go. Thanks again.
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The trend certainly seems to be toward required tipping, automatically added to shipboard accounts. It's a lot more convenient for the cruise lines, and the crew don't have to go around with hands out and hope they don't get stiffed. Let's hope at least the luxury lines maintain their policy of no tipping!
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New curiser,I'll guess that the crew Know who's paid tips up front and who has not?
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Re: Lirica Cruise 2 May

Does Lirica automatically add granitudes to ship board account? Also do they only accept Visa and Mastercard at checkin? Can Euros be purchased on board.

Lookingforward to your review on Lirica after your last trip.

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I can't see letting the way gratuities are handled be an influence on what cruise line I'll sail. I'll bet 90% of the time the actual dollar amount will be nearly the same.

To me the architecture of the ship, the itinerary, the service and amenities on board are all more important factors than whether the gratuity is automatic or not. Of course, I almost always add to an automatic gratuity.
 
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