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.
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.