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kissell September 30th, 2004 11:29 AM

ANOTHER tipping question
i tried to do a search on this board for my question, but couldn't pull anything up. sorry if it's a repeat quesiton that's been answered 1,000 times!

i haven't sailed in 2 years. since the last time i cruised i understand that Carnival does prepaid gratuities now through your sail and sign. this seems like it's alot easier for most folks, but i've always enjoyed leaving a personal note for each waiter/room steward etc. with a little something extra for them in their tip envelopes. sometimes i've even bought them a special thank you card in port to leave with their tips. how do i go about not having these charges put on my card so that i can tip them personally? or does this look bad to have it taken off?

taxmanhbr September 30th, 2004 11:49 AM

Re: ANOTHER tipping question
You can go to the pursers station and have the tips removed when you get on the ship, or you can do what I did which was leave the tips on the sign and sail card and the give an envelope to the staff at the of the cruise with something extra in it

David W September 30th, 2004 12:22 PM

Re: ANOTHER tipping question
Thats what I did also taxman. We kept the tips on our sail & sign card, and gave alittle extra to the person's that we thought did and exceptional job.

Happy cruising to all;

LisaK September 30th, 2004 01:11 PM

Re: ANOTHER tipping question
you can adjust the amount or have it removed totally. We have it removed from our account, we feel that tips should be earned and not automatic. We use the cruise lines fiqures as a guideline, a place to start, if we felt that someone gave us exceptional service we will add to that amount. I like to hand those envelopes out personally, i think that your wait team and your room steward really appreciate that fact that you took the extra time to do that.

kissell September 30th, 2004 01:15 PM

Re: ANOTHER tipping question
thanks for all of the advice from everyone!! much appreciated.

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