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Old March 23rd, 2007, 04:56 PM
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I have sailed with Carnival 4 times and each time we have allowed them to charge the usual tips to our sail & sign account. This next cruise I am thinking of having nothing deducted and just pay the room stewart and the waiters directly...I would still pay the same amount but I like the idea of giving the money directly to them.

Do you pay cash directly to the staff?
Do you have it taken from your sail & sign?
Is $10 a day per passanger enough for normal service?
Does anyone give extra to the room steward at the beginning of the cruise?
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What will happen is that you will have it taken from your S&S card, unless you pay for it, before you leave on your cruise. You then can go and have what you want removed. We always tip extra to those who go out of there way to make our cruise a great one.

Does that answer your questions?
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Someone once said that the cruise line keeps part of the tip when it is on your sail & sign. I find that hard to belive but one never knows.
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Lou,

I have never heard that before. I think that if you think about it, auto tipping helps to keep you from having to worry about that part of your cruise.
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I believe that the level of service has diminished slightly since the inception of the automatic tip. Most people don't want to bother having to wait to lower the amount of a tip. I want to enjoy my cruise not wait in line for such trivial matters.
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It is my understanding that when you remove the autotip, they do ask the waiter and the cabin steward for the tip he (she) received from you. We usually leave the auto-top on our S&S card and then tip a little extra directly to the waiter or steward. They do not have to report the extra and can keep it all for themselves.

Part of the autotip goes to the waiters in the lido restaurant, the prep guys in the galley, the housekeeping staff that keeps the public areas clean, the assistants in laundry that help your steward keep your linen fresh, etc. Before auto-tip, your waiter or steward had to tip them out of his pocket if he wanted to make sure that they helped him in keeping passengers happy.

So, unless the service is bad, I would leave the auto-tip alone and save yourself the hassle of standing in line to remove it.
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I would definitely leave the tips on the sign and sail card and then just tip those you think deserve it a little extra. They all work extremely hard and very long hours (10) every day.

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I think the tipping is a bargain. Just think... at dinner each evening, your meals could run $50.00 a piece easily if you were at a land bound restaurant. So, eating at the dining room three times a day, you could have spent $85 - 100.00 eating out. That works out to 12.75 - 15.00 each for tips. The tips also include the asst. waiter and any other table help. The cabin steward gets a cut of that 10.00 each day as well as his help. So, you see, that 10 per day is actually a bargain BIGTIME!!
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Exactly...I would definitely leave the $10/day alone, but still tip above and beyond that if warranted. As for the cruise line taking part of the tip, I have a hard time believing that. I think the cruiseline helps make sure it gets distributed fairly--for instance, on one night, our assistant waitress wasn't there.....I would assume that she would not get part of the tip from that night, but I could be wrong on that.
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Here is an article on tipping policy for some of the cruiselines.

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/.../tipping06.cfm

It's a year old, but it may answer some questions.
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Here is my take on the $10 per day. If you think about how much this $10 per day is divided up between the dining room staff, the room staff, and who ever else, no one is making much.

Think of the just the dining service. For a table of two, and the level of service that is given they are not getting tipped much. Same for the room stewart. If lets say half is going to dining room and half room service. My girlfriend and I lets say only go to the dining room for dinner. Now as said in an earlier post if this was a land bound restaraunt, the check would be around $50 per person. The servers tip would be $10 on a $100 check for 5 star service? Now if I went to breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday it would drop even more on an average.

I say $10 is pretty cheap. Now a question I have is if you never use the dining room do they still get paid? Can you go to the purser and tell them how you want the $10 PD distributed? Or when you swipe your card to get in the dining room does this tell them where to distribute?

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