I've read several posts but havn't determined if it is something that they do on every cruise. Does Carnival automatically charge tips to my account and it's my responsibility to have them removed? I'll not eat meal one in the dining room and have no intention of tipping the staff there. Just want to be prepared. Thanks.
I just came off the Elation and they did the pre-pay tips. If you do not plan on eating in the dining room (and frankly I don't know why you would want to eat anywhere else!), then you can have the pursers desk remove that portion.
You can have them removed whether you eat in the dinning room or not. I will tip but get very outraged, whether in a restaurant or on a cruise, when I am made to tip before I get any damn service. How arogant! That's like a kick in the face to me. They (restaurants, cruises, etc.) simply want us, customers, to pay their employees salary. What a scam, I wish this was, all of a sudden, add to every business. The results would be interesting.
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Re: Pre-paid tip
Just a word here, the same staff that work in the dining room also work the buffet and other alternative dining areas for breakfast and lunch, so you would still be stiffing someone of their tip when they serve you either on the Lido deck or elsewhere.
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
Tips are a part of cruising. Just like port charges. I am in food service and I work for tips. They are very worth every penny they receive and then some. Because I am in Fodd service, I tend to tip very generously to all. Happy cruising to all!
Gee where do you think the restaurants and cruise line get the money to pay their employees. It's from the customers. If they raised the pay of their employees then that cost would be passed along to the customers (you and I). Maybe the cruise lines should also give their employees workers comp. and health and life insurance and paid vacations and holidays. Then we would be lucky enough to have the price of our cruises double or triple, wouldn't that be nice.
My last cruise, I had what I considered a wonderful steward....seldom seen, but I always knew he'd been there. My neighbors however thought he was rude and elusive. I tipped well, they tipped nothing. I guess it works out that way, but I think it's up to the patron rather than the cruise line.
Jon, no one will try to make you tip anyone anything. If you don't want to tip, then by all means don't.
The first time I cruised where they used this system I thought I wouldn't like it but now I'm convinced it's the best way. Just my opinion.
As far as the cruise line adding the tips on up front, that is for the convience of both passengers and staff at the front desk. Can you Imagine waiting til the last night to add tips on 2500 passengers accounts and the resulting nightmare it would create with hundreds trying to adjust them up or down all at the last minute?
All you need to do is sometime during the week go by the pursers desk and ask for the form to adjust the tips. It's quick, painless and not a big deal.
Go and enjoy your cruise and don't sweat the small stuff.