Originally Posted by tropicalgal
Thanks for clearing this up for me. We have always had our tips applied to our Sign & Sail card in lump sums per day. The confusion was over the "pre-paying" of tips.
We tip with the envelopes at the end also. Is it true that these tips "HAVE" to go into a pot for all the ships crew?
I'm not sure about the pooling. The Carnival site indicates certain amounts for people in specific positions. Whether the people in those positions share a pool is a good question.
There is also the option to pre-pay your tips before the cruise. In this case you pay the tips along with the rest of the cost of your cruise. This amount shows as a credit on your Sign & Sail and the tips will still show as a debit. I suppose you might still be able to adjust them on board - has never been an issue for me.
The only envelopes I have seen on two Carnival cruises were for the maitre'd. I think the tipping envelope is becoming a thing of the past.