Originally Posted by Dave Beers
There are staff who only work at the buffets and don't work in the main dining rooms. Just because you see your assistant waiter working in the Lido restaurant doesn't mean all of them are up there. They rotate through but many workers bussing those tables are only assigned to the buffet. My understanding is that $1 per day also covers those people providing room service since not everyone tips them (I do). For perspective, RCI now charges $3.95 for room service orders between midnight and 5am.
You are correct in that RCI doesn't automatically add gratuities to your account unless you pre-paid them - which is done at the time of booking and also is a requirement for those choosing My Time Dining. Their website is confusing in it's wording. For those not familiar with RCI, once aboard you can choose to have tips added to your account but you have to request it. RCI still uses cash in envelopes as their default method. I predict they will go to auto-tips sometime soon.
None of us works for Carnival, so nobody here can explain to you why you are now tipping for jobs which you believe were salaried positions 5 years ago. You are assuming Carnival has the same payroll structure as RCI. Maybe they have changed it for some job descriptions in order to reduce expenses. Unless someone here works in Carnival's accounting department you won't find the answer to what jobs are salaried and what ones are not.
As for the tipping if you don't like to tip for room service you have the right not use it you have that control of your money
Don't forget you only prepay for service tips on RCCL not for extras whatever method you choose. Also you're right about not knowing CCL pay structure
So mean while whatever CCL ask you to pay (besides the cost of the cruise) you pay with know questions asked? Let me give you a senerio as a one time businessman what you do is make you base cruise price cheap to get the average persons interested and to be competetive then you tell people there will be a $1.00 surcharge per person per day. Also charge $12.00 for pictures 5x7 (RCCL $7.50) portion out food in the Redsail Diner, No longer let you use coins and get coin paybacks in the casino (slot machine), offer a kids meal in the main dining room when you are paying full price for your kids (hot dogs hamburgers instead of filet mignon) ect. Why not just charge these from the base and I will respect that.