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Old December 17th, 2006, 04:35 PM
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I understand that tipping is automatically charged per person - we like to tip as we go along - how has it been working out? How much additional do people tip, over and above the required?This is our first cruise on Carnival in years- we usually do Celebrity and Royal Carib. Thanks!
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Old December 17th, 2006, 08:18 PM
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Hi imk1001,

We prefer to do the automatic tipping and then tip extra for "over and above" service. If you do this, put the extra tip in an envelope with your name and cabin number on the front. If you've left the automatic tip on they'll get your extra tip, too.

You can remove the automatic tip and tip as you go along, but anyone who receives these cash tips MUST turn them into the pool. If they don't, and are caught, they'll be put off the ship to fend for themselves !
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Old December 17th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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I really like the automatic tipping. It hasn’t decreased the level of service at all in my opinion. As a matter of fact I think it has increased it because employees know they aren’t getting stiffed by the cheapskates. (I was always amazed by the people who NEVER tipped). They make such little amounts and really rely on tips.

They charge $10 a day which is automatically billed to your sail and sign card, which is in turn tied to a credit card. You can adjust the amount up or down at the pursers desk at any time. Cash tips, by hand or envelope, are appreciated for stellar service and easier/more simple to do than adjusting total on sail and sign card. You can do this at the last dinner (waitress and maitre de) and the last morning (room steward).

Many/Most? people do not seem to tip extra, if the service doesn’t warrant it there is no need. In other words, if people “just? do their jobs and nothing special. In the same note most people don’t bother reducing the tip for poor service.

We have NEVER had poor service so we never had to reduce the tip; we would if someone didn’t do their job though. We have just tipped the minimum on a few rare occasions though. We do however give tips for superb service and often times we do get great service. We have tipped extraordinary employees as much $100 extra or normal extra tip is about $10-$30 per great person (more on longer cruises). There are usually only 1 or 2 extraordinary people so you aren’t out a fortune and it’s FAR less than going to a 5 star restaurant and tipping. The people most often tipped extra are the waitress and her team, the room steward, and the maitre de. Again no need to do it unless the service really is great, but often times it is. They really seem to appreciate any amount $10 and up. (Remember on a 5 day cruise that’s only $2 a day extra).
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