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Old June 1st, 2006, 05:13 PM
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I have read many threads on the subject of tipping and how it seems that all the money is eventually pooled and distributed to the crew. My question is, if for example my room steward went above and beyond performing a request, can I slyly provide an extra tip out of sight of other crew members in the hope that he/she is able to pocket the money themselves?

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Old June 1st, 2006, 05:21 PM
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You certainly can, and they should keep it. I normally pre-pay my tips and then, provide extra to those who provide good service to me. I put cash in an envelope with thier name on it, and hand it to them discretly.
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On most cruise lines as long as the "suggested tip" is given, then the staff are allowed to keep anything over and above that a passenger might offer.
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That is what we had planned to do, Brewster. As this is our first cruise, we weren't sure if the person could keep the "extra" tip or not. In a previous post, I think Kuki or one of the other posters mentioned that they could keep it and not put in with the "crew" tip.

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Guess if I had read the other posts relating to this question, Kuki has already answered it. Sorry Kuki.
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Yep: On most lines; as long as you haven't taken yourself out of the automatic tipping program the staff member can keep it. If you have and slip it to them and they keep it then they will eventually get caught.

It is a small world below decks and not too much remains secret for long and if someone is holding out then their crewmates and internal policies deal with it.

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On the first night of my cruise I do two things. First I take a post it note, write all the things I would love for my cabin steward to do - such as leaving the new comforter for the top bunk, keeping my cooler filled with ice, leaving nothing but diet coke in the minibar and leaving 6 towels in bathroom - and place it on the mirror with a twenty attached to it. I then head to the casino bar - which is where I purchase most of my drinks and on my first order add another $10-15 to the bill (that specific bartender gets to keep it), then for the rest of the cruise, the bartender remembers my name and remembers what I drink and the cabin steward caters to my every whim. Then depending upon the level of service received from that (which is usually above and beyond what is called for), they get more cash in hand at end of cruise. I am one of those that when on vacation, love to be pampered, and I am willing to pay for it. I usually end up tipping 2-3 times what the suggested rate is, but the service I get is worth it.

Many may think I am nuts for doing this, but for me, it is worth it and included in the budget for my cruise.

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Mike has it exactly right. If you choose to do the automatic tipping, anything above that, the staff gets to keep. If you do not do th e automatic tipping and try to slip them something, and they get caught not pooling it, they could get fired.
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Thanks for the info folks. It does raise another, (just curious) question for me though on the procedure. If I gave my steward an extra $20, does he/she then go to purser or an equivalent to determine that I am included on the automatic tipping and then upon verification pocket the money?
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Brewster:

If you go to the Customer Service or Pursers Desk and ask to be removed from the automatic tipping program your name is then given to the Head of Housekeeping and Dining Room Manager and then to the staff. They know who is in the program and who isn't. There is a list.

It's a bit different with the bar staff because they are compensated by the automatic charge per purchase.

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Thanks a lot Mike. You folks really know your stuff!

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