Apparently you have an option to have pre-paid gratuities added to you Sea Pass card - good idea or bad?
(Or you can put gratuities in envelope at the end of cruise)
Anybody know how that pre-paid works & how much $$ ? (do you put in the amounts or is it done automatically?)
The pre-paid gratuity is paid at the time of final payment. The amount is $10 per person/per day. That means that for a seven day cruise, for two, your gratuity amount will be $140.
If you do not pre-pay your gratuities then $10 pp/pd will be added to your on board account.
The advantage of pre-paying is that you will have a smaller bill at the end of the cruise.
The standard amount for gratuities is $10 pp/pd and is automatically added to your on board account. You are free to give someone, who has performed above expectations, any additional amount you wish.
I personally do not use pre-paid gratuities. I just let them add it to my on board account. I would prefer to hold on to my money rather than the cruise line having it for x number of months. Other people like having a low on board bill at the end of their cruise. It's really up to you.
Take care and have a wonderful cruise.
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who does that $140 cover ? EVERYBODY (rooms, dining etc etc)
...hmmmm... when we booked on the Oasis, they said the "only" dining option left was MyTime Dining, and they charged us $85.16 each (total $170.32)...
and they said "don't worry - you're not really paying EXTRA ... you're just pre-paying your gratuities ..."
Looks like I paid $30.32 more than the $140 .... and does this include tips for the room attendant etc. or just dining staff?
will I also be dinged ANOTHER $140 for the room guy etc.?
oh, the joys of cruising!
What I usually do is buy some on board credit after the final payment is made. I calculate the gratuities and how much we will spend on board .
Usualluy works out to about 40 USD /person/day or 280 USD/week/person.
We still end up with small bill at the end of the cruise. The DW usually buys
some perfume because it's cheaper tha ay home.
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The auto-tip or service charge or whatever they call it does cover everyone. The tip's for the waiter's in Anytime Dining are pooled and shared. The buffet staff (who are often some of the same people) also share in the pool.
Your Room Steward will get his share, too, don't worry .
Like Mike, we don't pre-pay. We let the tips be charged to our account daily.
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I also pay my gratuities at the end of the cruise; I used to pay in cash,; but now I have the gratuities added to my bill; I then put a voucher into the envelope that the dining room, room steward get.
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On Royal Caribbean the gratuity amount is $11 or $12 pp/pd. On Carnival it is $10 pp/pd. I got the Carnival "Sign and Sail" and Royal Caribbean "Sea Pass" cards mixed up.
If I recall correctly Royal Caribbean's suggested tip is $9.75 per person per day until the end of June. As of July 1st, it goes up to to either $11.50 or $11.75 pp/day. Also Royal Caribbean does not do autotipping, unless you fill out a form to request it, however if you do their anytime dining you must prepay the tips.