You don't tip your bartender when you go to a bar? While in college a lot of my friends tended bar - and most of them worked for a "shift pay" of maybe 15 bucks for a 5 hours shift and relied solely on tips for the rest of their income.
Bartenders work hard - throwing them an extra 15% seems worth it. I do understand where your coming from though - I hate being forced to tip... a tip should be an amount I decide on based on level of service. Nothing bothers me more than when I go to a restaraunt with more than 6 people and the decide the tip for me.
Okay - this subject still confuses me....When I see a price for a drink on a menu or something on the ship, will the 15% be inlcluded in that price, or does knowing how much you are spending while drinking involve math on a cruise?
Victory, here I come!! - October 2, 2004
I always look at it this way..... The 15% rule saves me tipping money because it works out less then what I would tip for a single drink at a bar when I'm not on a cruise.
Have a great cruise all!!
Carnival Splendor (3 days of towing back to port)