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Old 02-22-2007, 09:00 AM
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Is it customary to tip the waiters at these palces on the ship? How about tipping in general? First time cruiser here and I am 100% lost. I'm used to laying cash on the table. Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:18 AM
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No tipping by leaving cash on the table. If those alternate restaurants are extra-charge, the charge is supposed to help take care of the tip, but if you receive excellent service, make note of the server's name and you can leave something for him/her in an envelope with their name on it, either at the time, or later on in the cruise.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:21 AM
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As far as in general goes, tips these days are usually added to your onboard account in a standard amount that adds up to about $10 per passenger, per day of the cruise. Read the info booklet that should come with your travel documents when they arrive, as it explains all sorts of cruising "mysteries". Again, if you get excellent service from your wait staff in the regular dining room, or from your cabin steward, you can leave them additional money in an envelope with their name on it. Best to hand it to them directly, rather than leave it in your cabin when you disembark.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:24 AM
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we just got off the navigator yesterday and we ate @ both of the rest. We left an add. $15/couple @ chops and $20/cpl @ port. We thougtht the service was slightly better @ port. but the food was great @ both
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:33 AM
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I keep seeing posts where people state that the basic daily tips should run $10 per person. But when I check the RCCL website I get the following 'suggested' amounts'
Suite attendant: $5.75 USD a day per guest
Stateroom attendant: $3.50 USD a day per guest
Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 USD a day per guest
Assistant Waiter: $2.00 USD a day per guest
Headwaiter: $.75 USD a day per guest

What is appropriate? I believe in tipping well, but not overtipping/going for broke.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:19 AM
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Are you maybe adding Suite attendant AND Stateroom attendant? It would be one or the other--not both. With Stateroom attendant it comes to $9.75 a day ($10.00).
If you have a suite you would presumably tip more as there would be more for the steward to do.
And $10.00 should really be considered a minimum--unless you have sub-par service. I think most of us do the automatic $10.00 a day and then extra as the service dictates.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:26 PM
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F-mattox,
Thank you, that makes MUCH more sense. So much to learn for us beginners it can get overwhelming. I'm SO glad I found this board.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:25 PM
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I think it's great that some people tip more than the suggested amount when service is better than average. Gives a little incentive for great service on the future cruises.

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:55 PM
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F-mattox,
Thank you, that makes MUCH more sense. So much to learn for us beginners it can get overwhelming. I'm SO glad I found this board.
Thanx,
Erika
Hello Bird Lady (Erika) and welcome to cruise chat! I'm glad you found us too. If you need answers this is the right place. You learn more here by accident than elsewhere by design!

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