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travelers2 04-11-2008 11:09 AM

What is considered a fair tip for room service?

Dave 04-11-2008 11:14 AM

Hi and welcome to cruise-chat.

As a minimum, I give $2 or $3 for a typical order but have gone up to $5 for a large order.

But generally, a couple bucks is fair. I always bring a wad of dollar bills with me.

TrvlPro 04-11-2008 11:29 AM

I've found a good rule of thumb for my own tipping is to try to figure out what I'm ordering would cost if it were not included in my cruise fare and tip as I would for any other service. If you have a cabin for 4 and order meals for everyone it would be reasonable to provide a sizable tip but if you're odereing coffee and a danish to get you going in the morning, a couple of bucks is adequate.

One thing to note, the staff does talk among themselves. Those who don't tip, word gets out. Same with those who tip well. Want amazing service and the freshest items delivered in a timely manner? Tip well. Service is great on a ship anyway but spreading a few buck around with the staff will have a payoff.

Cheers, Neil

Dave 04-11-2008 11:41 AM


One thing to note, the staff does talk among themselves.
Yes indeed. The difference between a good cruise and a great one can often be the dispensing of a comparatively small amount of cash. I'm no stranger to the bars, so I tip extra a few times during the cruise - and always something on embarkation day to the pool bar and my favorite evening haunt. This tends to give me "Norm Peterson" status and prompt service always.

Sandy 04-11-2008 12:18 PM


This tends to give me "Norm Peterson" status
<All together> NORM!

RichC 04-11-2008 12:23 PM

It always pays to leave a few extra dollar bills in the draw in case you have an unexpected delivery.

Dave 04-11-2008 12:31 PM


<All together> NORM!
Or in my case it is usually "Hello Mr. David!"

penny3333 04-11-2008 01:16 PM

You ought to hear them slaughter my name. Since it is legally Penelope and that's what is on my cards. It's a real hoot

Cruise Fanatic 04-11-2008 01:17 PM


Originally posted by Sandy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">This tends to give me "Norm Peterson" status
<All together> NORM! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I knew he reminded me of someone. I just couldn't put a finger on it.

Dave 04-11-2008 01:28 PM


Since it is legally Penelope
Let me guess...."Pen Lope" "Pen Lopy" "Penne Lopey"?

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