Its hard to determine how much to tip the server when the food doesn't cost anything. We typically give $3 to $5 for a full room service meal. But coffee and toast or a desert is a $2 to $3 tip. If they are on time and the food is warm, then a higher tip is proper. Just remember to order in advance.. Especially for breakfast. There are a large number of peopledoing room service breakfast and they get backed up quickly if you don't put you order in the night before, then you may not see your order come for a long time. Nothing is worse than sitting around in the cabin waiting for you order to come when you could be out enjoying the ship.
IF you plan on making it an everyday occurrence, consider giving the waiter a larger tip than you think is warranted the first day while mentioning that you plan to order you toast and coffee each day (or each sea day) and that you appreciate their prompt service. When they know they are going to see a tip they tend to work a bit harder for a person.
I don't know about other lines, but on Princess, when the order arrives, you have to sign for it and there is a line on the form for a gratuity. I'll write in $1.00 just to make it look good and then give the steward $2.00-$4.00 in cash and tell him it is just for him. They seem to appreciate this. And who knows how much they actually get of the tip you write in.
I carry $2 bills on my cruises....I give them out when someone gives me some additional service...works great....Plus I always start the cruise off by giving a $20 bill to my room person....plus the end of the cruise tip...it works wonders.....Happy Cruising.....and tip the people who make your cruise something special....they earn it....
I have always considered room service as part of the overall cruise food expense that is factored into their pricing structure, which usually includes a daily gratuity. Thus, it has not been my custom to tip them extra. This action does not seem to have affected my service quality during the cruise.
Gee, I've never had room service coffee in the morning...I'm up too early and want to get my day started...I hit the buffet for my cup of coffee and then go stand on the fantail and watch the sea go bye.....and maybe a roll.....of course a roll;-)....then down to the main diningroom for breakfast...and another roll....Happy cruising...
Tipping is always a personal choice. We always tip for room service, extra for bar service, extra for the cabin steward, and extra for our wait staff in the dining room. We keep the automatic gratuities on our bill as well. But, it is up to the individual. Every cruise we've been on, the staff has well deserved extra. Wish I could be handing out hundred dollar bills instead of one dollar bills.