Originally posted by wendy_woo2:
Ok was told when I booked for our cruise NCL said no tipping but they do charge $10.00 a day per person for gratitudes isn't this the same thing? Or is it 10.00 a day plus whatever tip a person wants to leave?
NCL charges a $10 per day service charge, which many confuse as an auto gratuity. Gratuities usually sre only given to service workers with direct human relations with customers. NCL distributes the service charge to behind the scenes crew members too, those who you may not see and usually will not tip.
NCL also auto charges an additional 15% gratuity on bar bills and spa services, which is more akin to tipping.
NCL doesn't expect you to give additional tips for services everyone receives, but they aren't going to stop you from giving additional tips.
Requesting to have the $10 per day service charge eliminated punishes not only the crew member you felt gave poor service, it also punishes those who gave good service, those you see or don't see behind the scenes.