Originally Posted by lulu48
Just raise the price of the cruise & just include the gratuities in the price of the cruise
Originally Posted by Paul Motter
BUt I remember the days when food and service were included in the cruise fare. I say cruise passengers are nickel & dimed enough.
And I just absolutely dislike the ida that I am expected to bring cash aboard for the purpose of tipping. I celebrated the initiation of charging tips to your shipboard account because I deplored the idea that I had to have cash ready to hand to my servers on the last day.
Tipping is an uncomfortable situation for me - if I undertip I feel stingy, if I overtip I feel like a sucker. I personally just feel much better letting the cruise handle it.
And if you think about it - putting the tips onto your shipboard acct. is functionally the same as adding them to the cruise fare. Except that you pay later, but you have an agreed upon amount and you don't have the awkward face to face tipping encounter.
Thank you Paul! I for one say put it in the cruise fare. Then there is nothing to collect or debate at the end of the cruise. Make me feel like I don't have give extra (which for me is the pay later part). Charge it to me upfront. I know I have the option to pre-pay gratuities ahead of time, but I'm still consciously forking out the extra cash. Same thing for "pop/soda". Really, what does it cost to give me free pop? Disney does it .... the other lines can too!