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Old 04-25-2006, 06:27 AM
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4-8-06 Went of a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands on this ship. Crew was OK but the food in the buffet was terrible. Two restaurants charged $10 extra (what the hell is that all about). They added a gratuity charge of $10 per person per day. I think I should decide who gets tipped and how much?? I understand the service people get very little of this money. Rooms are small which is to be expected but the showers are about the same diameter as a hula hoop.Unless you are a midget taking a shower is a challenge. The Crossings and the Palace did not add the surcharge and had good food and service. Staff and crew were great. I hope the ship ctaches up top the crew.
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Old 04-25-2006, 01:59 PM
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You can always tell the purser to remove automatic tipping when you first board. You can then decide who gets tipped and who doesn't. The extra charge is for their specialty restaurants, there is no extra charge for the dining room or the buffet. There is little difference in the size of the showers in balcony suites and normal rooms, it is the nature of a ship. I believe the suites are a little larger. If you decide to cruise again, be sure to tell the purser to remove automatic tipping. We enjoy it because it's easier and then we leave extra for those that deserve extra. I hope the rest of the cruise was enjoyable.
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Old 04-25-2006, 03:29 PM
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The #10 per person per day service charge is being applied by almost every cruise line serving North America. Besides Norwegian, Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, and Princess do so.
About the only cruise lines not charging a $10 per person per day sevice charge are Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, and their suggest tipping guidelines are $10.25 and $9.00 per person per day (pppd), pretty much the same.

What's the difference?

With Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, you'll dine in the same restaurant at the same table every night, so it's fairly easy to stash cash at the end of a cruise in an envelope for the waiter $3.50 pppd, assistant waiter $.50 pppd, and maitre'd $2.00 pppd.
Imagine doing so for different servers every night because NCL has open seating. You'll spend all your free time on a cruise addressing and stashing cash into envelopes every night. You'll also will need much more cash to stuff into these envelopes.
There's a reason all but 2 major cruise lines serving North America have switched to auto tipping policies....

As to your other issue, there's still plenty of "free" restaurant aboard NCL and NCLA ships. You only pay a surcharge for the extra "speciality" restaurants that many ships don't have. NCL's surcharges are less than what other cruise lines charge.
Here's NCL's surcharges: $12.50, $15 and $20 per person, depending on which speciality restaurant.
Carnival's surcharges: $25 per person.
Celebrity's surcharge: $25 per person.
Cunard's surcharges: $20 per person for lunch, $30 per person for dinner.
Holland America surcharge: $20 per person.
Princess surcharges: $15 and $20 per person, depending on which restaurant.
Royal Caribbean surcharges:: $20 to $25 per person.

They all are doing this, so why pick on just NCL?
 
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