Hi! We are cruising in less than three weeks and have a few questions about the Sail and Sign cards...
I know you can tip on the cards... how do you do that? And does it cover ALL the people you need to tip or will there still be others that aren't included? What is the total charge?
If you put cash on your sail and sign instead of linking it to a credit card, what happens if you don't use all the money you deposited? What happens if you need to add more? Can you then use a credit card or does it have to be more cash?
I know the cards are used for drinks and excursions... are photographs, store (on the ship) purchases, bingo cards, etc, also included on the sail and sign card? Can you use cash for anything?
tips are automatically on the s&s card. it was 68.75 per person and this included everyone that needed to be tipped. if you need to put more cash on the card you can do that at the information desk and yes you can still use a credit card. you need your card for EVERYTHING you buy on the ship. the only thing that doesnt require the S&S card is the casino. HAVE FUN!
All the tips are not on the sign and sail card. You still get an envelope for the matri'de. I would suppose that you can put that on the sign and sail card if you asked but since there is no "suggested amount" for him it is up to you. Usually about $10 is the norm.
You can put down a credit card to back the sign and sail card and then pay off the balance in cash before the cruise is over. If you have the credit card backing the S&S card then you will not have to worry about charging past you deposit, or standing the in the extra cash deposit line after checking in. Your credit card is not charged each time you purchase something, it is one lump charge once you cruise is over. So if you pay off the balance before the end of the cruise nothing with hit your credit card.
Yes, the maitre de is the Head of the Dining Room staff. If he does something very special for you like change your table, then you may wish to offer a cash gratuity as mentioned. Other tips which may be included on your S&S, spa treatment, alchol & wine 15% on each bill automatically, special beverages at a cafe inc. tip, room service paid at the time of delivery usually $1-$2 as you may not see this server again, child care staff if this applies. Bingo cards are purchased at every game that you choose to attend. If you deposit cash against your S&S and don't use it all, a check will be issued to you and delivered or picked up at the pursurs desk. Photos, gift shop purchases, spa product purchases, soda, specialty coffees or teas, etc. all are additional charges to be applied to your S&S. Some ships allow you to pay cash for postage stamps, but some want them charged to the S&S card.
Jennie, About the bingo cards,,, you buy how many cards you want to play with at the start of the session, and keep them the whole session, they will offer extra purchases after each game. Incase you buy one and decide that the last game of the session it might be worth trying to win, you can buy more. They ususally play about 5 games a session. And they are all different kinds,, lots of fun,, they will explain each game to you,, like black out, X's, 4 corners, etc.,,, the last day of the cruise is when you should really try bingo ( if you like bingo) the pay off usually is very big. Some people just wait for that day to play,, the usual pay off for regular games are at least $100.00, on the last game of the cruise it's usually over $2500.00. The prices depends on how many people are playing at each session. Also try the horseraces. They are alot of fun too, even just to watch. Happy Cruising, and Good Luck.
If you back your S/S card with cash be aware that on ships which tips are automatically charged to your S/S card vs. the traditional method of handing cash envelopes your tips are immediately deducted from your account. In other words, if you put $150 cash down for the deposit on your S/S card and the automatic tips for the whole cruise are $126 ($9 pp, 2 people, 7 days) then you only have $24 in your S/S account when you step on board.
This happened to a man I met at the bar when we first departed the port. He had to go back down to the purser's desk to deposit more cash to buy a drink.
I am attaching mine to a credit card, a friend of mine is thinking of backing it with cash. Your tips were $126 for two people for 7 days... so for one person on 5 days it should be a lil less than half that... right? Thanks
Thanks, that cleared up my question Do they have themed bingo?: On the sample itinerary it said something like monster bingo? According to the sample it looks like they play constantly!! . What are the horse races?
Not sure about Theme bingo, maybe they give a special name to all the different kinds they play. I'm not a seasoned bingo player. The horseraces are about 5 colored horses on wooden stands. They pick jockeys from the cruisers to move them down the stretch, buy rolling colored dice. You bet on each race. It's fun to watch the jockey's.
The guide line for tipping is Room Service- $3.50 per guest per day, Dining room team service- $5.50 per guest per day, Alternative dining service- $0.75 per guest per day. That comes to $9.75 a day. A 15% gratuity is automatically included on all beverage tabs. Not all ships add these to your S & S. I will miss giving my own gratuities. I always take special thank you cards and write something special in them. I might do that anyway on our next cruise, if I feel they deserve extra for excellent service. You can adjust or remove gratuites at your discretion. That can be done at the pruser's desk.