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Old 09-25-2008, 06:04 PM
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hi just thought what everyone thought about tipping the head waiter.
As from now on you are not entitled to tip the head waiter its only on discrection.
only found out on our last cruise last week on the adventure.
I wondered why our head waiter made more of an apperance at our table, even cleaning some of the plates up.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:39 AM
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We have had very attentive head waiters who appeared at our table frequently and even suggested extra requests he could accommodate. We have had head waiters who only put in an appearance 'round about gratuity time.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:40 AM
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We had a great head waiter on the Rhapsody in June. He took care of something every night. We had a lot of seat changing in our area after the first night, and it continued for another couple nights. Apparently many in the group booking (which was seated at several adjacent tables) didn't get along, and our wait team was pushed to cover everything. The head waiter did a lot to keep things moving in a good way. I tipped him nicely.
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I have only been on a few cruises and I have seen some head waiters that do really earn their tip. I feel that the head waiter has put in the time and learned all aspects of the server function and therefore is entitled to his tip as he does make sure that our tables are kept neat and clean and that the servers/waiters are giving us the attention to detail that we have come to expect in the dining rooms. If all is running smoothly at your table in the dining room I assume that part of this can be attributed to this person.

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Old 09-26-2008, 12:15 PM
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I agree Peter I, the only one I may not tip is the maitre d'. Usually, I do, but sometimes the maitre d' seems invisible. Usually we know who our head waiter is and they usually do pay attention to our table. All the dining staff work so very hard. What a huge undertaking, night after night, day after day.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:11 PM
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I have always tipped the head waiter—it just seems the right thing to do.


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Old 09-27-2008, 05:55 AM
 
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I agree with your thinking as well Penny3333 on the Maitre d tipping. That is one that I find a little to much.

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Old 09-30-2008, 04:43 AM
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On the 2 cruises I've been on our Head waiter was very attentive and was very interactive with our group needless to say we liked them so they got very good tips, luck of the draw I guess.
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:21 AM
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We just returned from an Alaska repositioning cruise on the Radiance of The Seas, and our head waiter was the the best yet. He was very helpful and even helped make dinner fun and we tipped generously. However the head waiter on our previous cruise made but one appearance at the table so his tip came up a little short.
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:24 AM
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That sounds fair I mean you tip the way your service is .....great service great tip, poor service a little less of a tip.
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