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Old June 6th, 2005, 05:44 PM
Bruce Chafkin
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Default Re: tipping - spinoff

dorothy,

I'm not sure who these "old salts" are. Former cruise line employees, or people who took more than 10 cruises and think they now know everything about cruising?

But I can tell you that of the 23 ships (10 different major cruise lines)I have worked on over the past 31 years, all except one of those ships (Seabourne Pride) had a pool where all the tips were shared - regardless of how they originally were given to the staff.
Even the RMS Ttianic had a similar system in place - although I must admit that I am not old enough to have experienced it myself.

On my now over 1,100 cruises the waiters and stewards ALWAYS knew they would be getting a tip - regardless of whether you tipped them or not. The incentive for service has ALWAYS been more or less the same.
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