Additional or Extra Gratuities
I read the review from a (former?) blogger regarding his take on gratuities....ie..he hands them out on the 2nd night out, then gives additional or extra tips on the last night depending on service.
Has anyone done this and would it really help with service, which I usually find sufficient?
Also, I assume additional $'s are needed on excursions for tipping drivers, etc? Would $1 or $2 be sufficient in these cases?
My grand kids will be along on this cruise so what about $ for crew members who give them instruction on the rock climbing wall and/or ice skating? I don't want to insult anyone :confused:
Thanks for all the advise given on this board. It really is interesting to learn about the different aspects of cruising.
I find the easiest way is to do the automatic gratuities, then at the end of the cruise or whenever I want to give someone something extra I do. The crew members who work the rock wall or ice skating rink are a little higher up on the food chain and make a good deal more than the regular crew members. However, if your grandchildren receive extra special treatment, there is no harm in giving a tip. I always tip the excursion drivers/boat captains/crew members, etc. IF they provide a great excursion.
There are some that tip the first or second night, and then again at the end, but I prefer to tip above the automatic gratuities at the time of service. I have, on occasion, given an extra $20 or so on the last night to some of the crew. Usually a favorite bar tender, almost always my cabin steward and their assistant, sometimes the head waiter or maitre d'. It really all depends on the service I receive.
As Penny said attendants for the rock wall are higher up and don't necessarily depend on or work for gratuities. They basically get paid more than say the more service orientated crew like cabin stewards, servers, etc. Room service should be tipped at the time of service. I tip them accordingly to the size of the order and speed of delivery.
I agree with Penny also-I always use the pre-paid gratuities, and almost always add extra tips to the waiter, his assistant and the room steward. Anyone who has to straighten up after me deserves a little extra. I always thought that the highest tipped person on the ship would be the Matre-De (sp?). He usually gets only a dollar or two per person, and on the larger ships with above 3000 pax, he makes out like a bandit each week. If you figure he gets tips from 85% of the pax, he makes upwards of $2500 per week in tips! I'd even wear a tie and sport coat for that kind of money per week!!
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