We just returned from a cruise where my dh & I got to be quite friendly with our Asst. waiter in the dining room (he was from the same country as my dh). We asked about his pay and he told us he is making $600 mth before tips. He then informed us that he gets $2 out of the $10 per day and the head waiter gets $3.50. Now what really suprised us is that the head waiter gets to keep all of his tips BUT it falls to the asst. waiter if he wants to tip the kitchen staff. Our guy said there are many people who don't tip any of the people who help make his job easier.