I have heard that you can arrange to have your tips added to your bill while on the cruise from the pursurs office. I was planning to do this on the ship so I can gauge the service and then write thank you notes for the envelopes stating that I tipped via my account/card and add extra money as needed. Giving it the personal time and attention that I have received all week. Just another approach! I am sorry but I dont tip people who ignore me all week and then become my best friends the last day or two, and I overtip heavely for great service.
I like the prepaid tipping...I might leave cards with a little extra in them if the service is good...We lost our envelopes full of tip money on the way to dinner the last night! I met some other people who did the same thing. It was hair raising trying to come up with the cash all over again...
If you do pay in those envelopes, hold onto them for dear life!
I've returned from my cruise and prepaid our tips this time and I highly recommend this for everyone. The service was exceptional, better than ever expected. Everyone was so personable. I think it's okay to prepay your tips on your card but you should know (after having a conversation with our cabin attendent)that if you pay the tips in cash they will get it right away whereas if paid on a card, they won't get it until payday (in his case it was another 2 weeks away). That's why I was so glad to have given him his extra tips in cash (as I said, the service was exceptional). Just something to consider when working the tips out. I'd like to respond to the comment about being ignored all week long and then becoming your best friend the last day of the cruise. Well, unfortunately, it happened to us. Our waiter gave poor service all week long, but the assistant waiter was unbelievable. He was great with the kids and always put on some sort of a show each evening. It was he who got the extra tips from us at the end along with a personal thank you note appreciating the great service he gave me and my family. The waiter actually had the gall to approach me at the end of our final dinner expecting another hand out. I blew him off and thought how glad I was to have prepaid his tips knowing I didn't leave anyone out, regardless of poor service or not. It's the extra tips that make the difference. The assistant waiter was far more deserving of it, and I think that waiter knew it. Set aside extra money for these additional tips, I guarantee you will find someone on your staff who more than deserves it.
Ok. Here is my situation. My husband and I are going on cruise with his company. Everything is already paid (by his company) including tips. So, my question is am I responsible for any tips? I don't think it will be a big deal about looking odd not giving envelopes since there will be a lot of people from the same company. And who exactly gets tipped anyway? Everyone? What about the people walking around trying to get you to buy drinks? Thanks! As you can tell It'll be my first cruise. Shannon
I wish I had your dilemma! Does his company have any openings??? HaHaHa. It's not like you have to carry a money clip around with you at all times, it's really not like that. If everything is pre-paid, don't worry about. But I guarantee you will get exceptional service from someone on board, try to put aside some money for those deserving of it, it would be worth it. I'm not talking about the staff walking around the ship, It's the people that serve you daily that you might want to extra tip at the end (we're not talking hundreds of dollars here, it's considered extra and totally up to your discretion). The only exception to this and I'm sure many frequent cruisers would agree on this, the people that take your luggage when you first get at the port get and will expect to get tipped for handling your luggage. My last cruise, two guys helping us with the luggage nearly fought over it. Have about $2 - $5 ready for this. Enjoy your first cruise and let me know when his company get's openings!!