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Old 10-29-2007, 05:25 AM
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Just came off my 2nd cruise on the Sovereign of the Seas. Tip suggestions are listed below:

Head waiter: .75 per day, per person
Dining room Waiter: 3.50 per day, per person
Assistant Waiter: 2.00 per day, per person
Stateroom Attendant: 3.50 per day, per person
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Suite Attendant: 5.75 per day, per person

The day before you disembark you will recieve envelopes in your stateroom for each of the above. We put our tip money in these envelopes and took our wait staff's to the dining room that last night and handed them out. The Stateroom attendant you can hand it to her/him or like last year, I left it up on the hanging towel monkey and he picked it up while we were out of the room.

Of course, as mentioned already...Room service attendants are tipped as service is rendered. and 15% gratuity is added to all beverage charges.

Hope this helps and enjoy your cruise!!!

Tracy
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:53 PM
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Hello cruisingnewbie, and welcome to our chat. Questions about tipping are very common. Some people wonder if/how/when to tip. The easiest way to do this is to pre-pay your gratuities. You can do this BEFORE you cruise (if you booked on line with Royal. Or, when you arrive on the ship, you go directly to the Guest Relations Desk, and say you want to pre-pay the gratuities. You will sign a form, and the tips will be paid to the appropriate folks at the end of the cruise. You will receive tip envelopes in your cabin with pre-paid certificates. You put the certificate in the envelope, give it to head waiter/waiter/assistant/cabin attendaant. They will then know you have pre-paid. This will free up your carry-around cash. Better still: you can pay cash on your account, and then allocate the tips to the folks. There are many ways to do this. Of course, the good old- fashioned-hand-out-the-cash-method is just fine. One way or the other, the staff will get their tips. At the bars, tips are automatic, but you can tip additionally. The soda card is a good deal if you drink alot of soft drinks. Non-alcoholic frozen drinks are extra.
Have I confused you totally? Don't be afraid to ask ANYONE about ANYTHING. The staff is not embarrassed or pushy about these matters. They know the passengers are their bread and butter (so to speak!) and good service equates to good tips. I usually pre-pay, but often give a little extra for making me something extra, or a laugh-and-a-half with a service. Go with your guy feeling, too. Most important, don't let the tipping thing get ya down!!!! Have a great cruise! I'm getting ON 2 November and OFF 5 November......'sea' ya on Monday when I'm leavin.......boohoo..
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:40 PM
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Everyone has just been so awesome here. I appreciate all the information and I feel much more comfortable. I'm still not sure if I"m gonna go the cash route or pre-pay (I thought I read somewhere that RC takes a percentage off the pre-paid tips) but either way I feel more confident about what exactly I need to pay. Thanks again to everyone for their input and feedback. I will be sure to come back and post how my trip went. I really am looking forward to this trip.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:58 PM
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On a 7 day cruise I hand our room steward a $20 the first day...plus the tip at the end of the cruise....the extra always pays dividends....
$10 a day seems to be the average...Happy Cruising......

Bob E
 
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