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Old February 14th, 2005, 04:05 PM
MarciaLF MarciaLF is offline
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Default Re: NCL's New Tipping Program

I think I have said this before, but I will repeat it one last time...

The $10 a day service fee is NOT a tip. It is NOT going to the staff. NCL was very clear on that during the seminar I went to. It was originally instituted to help pay for extra staff benefits that were mandated by the American crew -- like vacation, medical plans -- but they decided to institute it across the ships to help cover "rising costs in crews." It should NOT have anything to do with how and when you tip.

I think we're going around in circles here. As a TA I feel cheated by NCL not including this in the cost of the cruise and I think they are really taking advantage by adding it to voyages, HOWEVER, I don't want to see the very hardworking crews cheated because people refuse to tip thinking the $10 a day is going to the staff as a tip.

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