Originally Posted by green_rd
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.
We wanted envelopes to add more tips on the Freedom cruise. Our cabin steward was in the hall getting ready to turn down the beds. He had envelopes on this cart.