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Old March 9th, 2002, 09:43 PM
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Has Princess discontinued butler service for suites? I read another post where they had, but the post didn't mentioned which ship.

Also, I've noticed a number of posts about "auto tipping". It appears to be a personal choice. However, we're used to traditional tipping. Not trying to sound cheap, but as minimum, what is the bottom line amount for a 7 day cruise? I don't want to make the staff feel slighted.

I'm a little confused about which way to go. We cruised 2 years ago and paid about $5 per person per day with a little more to the main dining room staff. Is it true that the main dining room staff receive part of the auto-tip even if you don't eat in the main dining room?

I know it's a lot to ask, but what is the preference of most passengers?

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Old March 10th, 2002, 11:09 AM
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Hi JJ,
Here is a link to a good piece that explains a bit on the personal choice dinning that Princess offers:
<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/ship-features/Personal-choice.cfm>

I was a big reluctant with the automatic tipping, but when we cruised on Golden Princess a little while ago, I found I did like the idea of it, very convient, didn't have to bring the extra cash, and I could also have it taken off and tip the old fashioned way or even adjust any of the amounts. You can also use the automatic tipping and add to it if you thought the service deserved it. So, you may want to give it a try and see how you like it. I believe now, they take $10 PP per day to cover all the tipping.

The automatic tipping is used even if you do the personal choice dinning rather than the traditional, so keep that in mind. If you decide to go to one of the alternative dinning rooms, you will pay an extra charge for that. We found the food in the main dinning room on Golden to be very good, so we never even had a chance to check out any of the others.

Hope this helps and you have a great cruise.

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Old March 10th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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JJ wrote:
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> Has Princess discontinued butler service for suites? I read
> another post where they had, but the post didn't mentioned
> which ship.

True. . Princess no longer has butlers, even in full suites.

>
> Also, I've noticed a number of posts about "auto tipping".
> It appears to be a personal choice. However, we're used to
> traditional tipping. Not trying to sound cheap, but as
> minimum, what is the bottom line amount for a 7 day cruise?
> I don't want to make the staff feel slighted.

The automatic tipping is $10/day per passengers. $140 for two on a 7 day cruise.. this is to cover cabin stewards, dining room waiter & ass't waiter $ head waiter.
the only other tipping is the 15% automatically included in prices of drinks.

You have the ability to go to the Purser's desk and have these tips removed, except for the drink gratuities removed from your account, and tip any way you choose.

> I'm a little confused about which way to go. We cruised 2
> years ago and paid about $5 per person per day with a little
> more to the main dining room staff. Is it true that the main
> dining room staff receive part of the auto-tip even if you
> don't eat in the main dining room?
With auto tipping ALL tips are pooled, so whether you're eating in the Horizon Court buffet or bistro, or in the dining room is irrelevant.
All service staff get a share of the pool.

I didn't think I'd like the "auto tipping" either, but I found it convenient, and fair. The staff that gave extrodinary service, were rewarded with a few dollars over and above the amounts charged to my account.

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