Hey guys....here is my dilemma. I don't plan to eat in the dining room at all......my children and I plan to eat buffet the entire trip and looking at how the 10.00 is divided on an article here on the site makes me want to adjust the automatic tipping....it states that 3.60 goes to Steward, 5.50 to dining room crew and .90 to alternative dining. Well.since I am not eating in the dining room I thought of adjusting my tips and having that amount go to the alternative dining staff instead of the dining room crew. To do this I would just have to visit the pursers office... correct? Does anyone see a problem with my intentions if I choose not to eat in the dining room?? Thanks in advance!
just so that you know, the buffet is not considered an alternative dining restaurant.
The tips for dining go to the waitstaff in the dining rooms
Just curious - the dining rooms have so much more to offer and the food is so much better than the buffet, the waiters are so good with kids why wouldn't you consider dining with your kids in the dining room on non-formal nights? Its just like taking them to a nice restaurant back home.
We are on a limited budget and have saved to pay for this trip. My children own shorts and jeans.....no dressy clothes of any kind. I would rather save the money I would use to buy dressier clothes for them to use on shore excursions or what they would like to do for fun.....I will discuss this further with my husband though and see what he thinks about it.
The main dinning room staff are not that busy during breakfast and lunch, the wait staff are rotated for work.
The waiters and asst waiters that are not on call for the main dinning room (breakfast & lunch) are assigned to other areas of places to eat, as the buffet.
You may not see them, but they are there giving service in the other eating places.
Bringing out trays of food, serving in the buffet line, busing tables, serving beverages and many other items.
When tipping is done in the main dinning room on the last night, you are also tipping for the service in all the other areas you eat in and where they worked during the day.
The wait staff work hard in all places they are assigned and deserve the tips as set with the guidelines you mentioned.
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Shorts are fine in the dining room during breakfast and lunch, so at least try the dining room then.
Except formal nights, you don't need terribly dressy clothes for your kids. A pair of nice slacks for a young man, golf shirt and a couple of simple sun dresses would do fine for your kids.
I would strongly encourage you to try the dining room. It's a wonderful experience that you don't want to miss!
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A nice pair of pants and a collared shirt for boys and sundresses for girls would also be ok on formal nights. I wouldn't let a tight clothing budget keep me out of the dining room. This is just my opinion and I know others will disagree. Happy cruising to all!
As for formal nights...there is NO requirement to dress formal in the dining room! Any dress, skirt or slacks will do. It's your vacation and you should just enjoy everything, including the dining room! I wear the same moderately "formal" cocktail dress on both of the formal nights in the dining room - bought it on sale for next to nothing. I won't be seeing any of the other passengers again and don't care what they may think of my attire. I do what I can afford to do and have a great time with what I've got! Going on my 9th cruise in 3 weeks!
In fact, I find that most people are so focused on themselves...that they couldn't tell you what you were wearing an hour after having seen you! :o)
I believe I may have gotten the wrong idea about cruises from watching my MIL and the way she prepares for her cruises. When she took my hubby and his kids 2years ago she took them and bought all new clothes for them so they would be "appropriately" dressed. I got the impression that she did it so as to not be embarrased by their clothing in front of the other passengers....obviously from what I have read here that was not the case....
She has already said something to my hubby about what I will wear on formal night....I sure don't see her offering to buy us any clothes though.boy would hell freeze over if that happened!
Don't worry about the clothes, go an have fun. We saw a bit of everything on the Sensation last week, anything goes. Also, you can go to the info desk, tell them you want the dining room gratuities removed, they smile an say no problem
CherieB I humbly disagree with your advice. We just spent over $7,000 dollars for a 10 day Christmas Cruise and were subjected to all kinds of clothes in the “formal” dining rooms.
Dressing for dinner is, IMHO, an integral part of the overall cruise experience at second seating, 8:30 in the evening we were subjected to tykes, and to some extent the so-called adults that accompanied them dressed in shorts, t-shirts and sandals. I swear the children were looking for a ball pit to play in!
As I have often said on these boards without rules, there is chaos. When one goes swimming, one wears a bathing suit. When one goes bowling one wears bowling shoes, and when one goes to second seating on a cruise one dresses appropriately.
I admire and applaud rrk for her idea of buffet dining.
I was saying not to worry about going out an buying all new clothes for the family. If Carnival would put some decent food in the buffets people wouldn't be forced to go to the dining room. I was to the point last week on the Sensation I was ready to say ___ with it, go dressed to the dining room in shorts to get some decent food. I didn't want to get dressed up after a long day at the beach, I was dog tired but I wanted food. We got back on the ship, no food was ready, everyone sitting around the dining room waiting while they took pictures of the food. Carnival forces people to do something they don't want to do that is why they show up in the dining room in all kinds of clothing