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.
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.
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
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.
Past Cruises -
Rhapsody - Alaska - May 2010
Monarch - Bahamas - May 2009
Mariner - Western - May 2007
Mariner - Eastern - March 2008
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.