I don't know if this will help any of you that are frustrated with TR's posts or not, but I figured out a long time ago that she clings fiercely to bad information in order to support her position. She constantly talks about the cruiselines "paying a good wage" without being able to support her position. Kuki and many others who know lots and lots of cruiseline staff say otherwise.
When we were on our last cruise, our waiter voluntarily talked with us about his life - including his wages. He made a base salary of $50 per month and depended on tips for the rest of his income.
I would have tipped him no matter what, but if the person's wage is your standard, then know you are part of his wage - the cruiselines are certainly not paying a living wage.
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