i just received all my travel info from the agent and i am a little upset that the cruise line automatically decides that we should tip 10 per person per day. I don't like it because tipping should be something that i want to do and not be forced to do. Before i leave Jersey i already owe the cruise line 245.00. can someone please advise. thank you.
Gratuities are always a factor when cruising except for the 6 star lines that include tips, drinks and much more in the rates. $10. per day is customary on all the mainstream lines. If you recieve poor service (which is not likely) they can be disputed with most lines. By the time you finish with your cruise you won't feel so badly about the tips. They are well earned by the crew aboard most ships. In fact the customary amount is very modest for the service they all work so hard to provide. I, and most people who cruise regularly give over and above for people who provide service with a smile and go above and beyond. Your cruise fare takes care of the cruiseline. Your gratuities take care of the crew. You'll be on a ship with entertainment and all your meals included. You won't wash a dish, make a bed, vaccume, cook, clean or even have to serve yourself or clear a table. For these things to be done and done well for me I'd gladly pay $10. a day for the rest of my life, on or off a ship.
it is not that i mind tipping. but to decide for me is what is bothering me. I don't think my children should be charged. and i think it should be my choice. i have cruised before (on carnival) and at the end of the cruise you tip but it is your decision. I don't think I should be told that this is not a choice and everyone in my family has to pay this.
It's not your decision on Carnival either. Unless you dispute the charges your tips will also be added to your sign & sail pass with CCL. The same $10. per day gratuities apply with all mainstream lines.
This is why the gratuities are becoming manditory with some lines and may become manditory with all or the cost may simply be added to the fares charged in the future. Do you not tip the waiters at fine dining establishments for the childrens meals? They consume food, can attend the entertainment, sleep in a bed that must be made daily. On top of that, their are trained counselors and special activities and even entire sections of the ship with personel devoted to childrens activities. These people, events and activities cost the cruise lines money to staff and maintain. But I guess they don't earn their money like the people who attend to the adults?
Trvlpro is very correct. At $10.00 per day person the tip is small change for the service that you will get. Have you ever had a maid at your personal residence to pick up your dirty towels, make your beds, vacuumm the carpeting, supply the bathroom with toilet paper, tissue, clean towels, wash the towels, clean dirty toilets. This is just part of the $10.00 per person for the cabin stewards to do this TWICE per day.
Other services you get for the $10.00 per day. How about 5 star service in restaurants, taking your orders, delivering the foods, usually 5 course dinners in main dining rooms. Picking up dishes used or not. Picking up and replacing dirty or unused utensils. Serving in the style that most American resturants won't provide unless spending $25.00 to $50.00 per person, then add in the 15-20% tip and on a $35.00 per person fine dinner you would tip $7.00 alone. Then add in the people who clean the public restrooms on the ship. Pick up your drink glasses in the casino. Pick the dirty wet towels in the pool area. My gosh, if I can hire for someone to come to my house and complete all of these tasks for $10.00 per person in the household,that would be a real steal. And your going to get super service on the ship. I guarentee that you will not clean the bedrooms and bathrooms every day at home twice, serve 5 course dinners, for four, pick up wet dirty pools towels from the pool. $10.00 is a real bargin.
Don't even think that because you owe the cruise company $245.00 before you leave on ship that your out a lot of money. Just take that amount, divide by 4 and just add the tips to the cruise price. Then you will think it's a bargin. No one is telling you what to do, and realistically it's a bad attitude. With a cruise, kids, drinks, candy, excursions, souveniers, be prepared to spend a lot more on the ship. Unless you will not have any drinks, beers, wines, sodas, no excursions, no souveniers etc, just drink water, for 7 days your OK. Otherwise just stay home and watch the travel channel about cruises. I am sure that you will save lots of bucks and still enjoy the cruise from your couch. All cruise lines have suggested minimum amounts for tipping. Many passengers will leave additonal tips for the service that they recieve. I am sure that you will have a great time. Cruises are for relaxation. Just think, no cleaning, no cooking, no dirty toilets to scrub. Leave your dirty wet towels on the floor, let the cabin stewards pick up the dirty dishes from room service, YES room service delivery at NO extra charge. Now that $10 bucks per person per day seems very cheap me.
Enjoy the cruise. The $245 bucks is small change in a lifetime.
i am sure i sound very petty but when i tip at a restaurant it is what i want to tip. I don't think i should be told what my family is responsible for. the tipping is not the problem,the problem is that it should be my choice. i understand about the really good service but again this is a job that they chose and although i don't mind tipping again it should be my choice not their demand.
this is a job that they chose and although i don't mind tipping again it should be my choice not their demand.
It's a job they chose because they were counting on the passengers to reward them for doing thier job well. When it's left to people to comply without being compelled, some people still do the right thing. Others have the belief that childredn should not be charged. Some say, "I paid enough for the cruise and they chose the job".
Statements like "I want it left up to me..." typically mean I don't want to pay that. The crew of the ship shouldn't have to do that job and not be taken care of by the passengers who feel it's not thier responsibility to tip if they don't feel like it. You don't have to pay tips for your kids, you don't even have to pay for them to cruise. You can always leave 'em with Grandma or pay a babysitter. I want to see the sitter's bill at the end of that week and groceries. Even Grandma shouldn't have to put up with children for a week without something in return.
Part of the reason they now add the tips to the SS card is that people will not tip at the end of the cruise for various reasons.
Another reason is open seating ...you will not have the same wait staff at each meal so pretty hard to tip each staff member ...it may cost more if you choose to do it that way.
As for children's share ...they should tip just the same ...they are sleeping in the cabins, someone is bringing their food to them , taking the dirty dishes away and I think you will find the crew will treat the children very well.
If you feel the service was bad then ask to have the tips removed.
Tonia-$10/day per person on a cruise is a true bargain no matter how you cut it! Cruise ship staff are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet-and they do it smiling at any time of day! I am always glad to directly give my cruise staff rewards above and beyond what the cruiseline adds to my charges.Ashore most restaurants add a gratuity far and above that amount just for 1 meal-on a cruise you will receive 100 times the service you get in a fine restaurant and you will be getting it 24/7!!