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Old June 11th, 2007, 10:33 PM
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Was this on top of the automatic tipping? If so, I'm sure Anthony was very happy with you !
Yes, it was on top of the automatic tipping! This was our first cruise and we were not really sure what was expected. Did we go overboard!
If so please tell me, before I go on my next cruise in Dec.

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Yes, Cathy, this was definitely more than expected! If we have a wonderful waiter (room steward, bar server, etc.) we'll tip extra (above the automatic tips) on the last day of the cruise. Many people never tip more than the automatic tips and that's fine.

We're generally considered "over-tippers" by our friends, so if that's what you want to do, that's fine, too! It's really all up to you.
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THANKS Cathy, that helps. Personally, I like the way your husband tipped the waiter...that was a neat way to do it. I'm still curious about tipping the room steward....should we leave a little something on the nightstand every day or how is it done?
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There is a portfolio in the cabin with stationery, etc in it and also it contained some envelopes for tipping. We put the money in the envelope and laid it on the vanity near the ice bucket. We had several conversations with out cabin stewarts. The girl was from Russia and now I am drawing a blank and cannot remember where the guy was from. Since they seemed to be a team, I assume that they split the tips.

They came in to our cabin one afternoon and tried to teach us how to make a towel animal! My husband was intrigued and wanted to know how to do it. Well, actually my husband made a snake out of our towel and invited them in to see it, and so they had to teach him a little bit about the right way to do it. It was a lot of fun and very interesting to chat with them. Our waiter was Anthony, from Jamaica. Leave it to my husband to make friends with everyone.

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The whole idea behind having the tips added to your account before starting your cruise is so that you don't have to worry about whom and how much to tip. Unless you require something special then I really don't think that the amounts people are saying they've given are that appropriate. UNLESS you are in a financial position to be that generous....and I know that I am not and every penny to pay for the cruise was saved and budgeted for necessities. What was taken prior to the cruise is what was tipped. Of course, that does not include room service.
My only question would be how much to tip for spa services..for instance, a massage.
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THANKS Cathy, that helps. Personally, I like the way your husband tipped the waiter...that was a neat way to do it. I'm still curious about tipping the room steward....should we leave a little something on the nightstand every day or how is it done?
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There is a portfolio in the cabin with stationery, etc in it and also it contained some envelopes for tipping. We put the money in the envelope and laid it on the vanity near the ice bucket. We had several conversations with out cabin stewarts. The girl was from Russia and now I am drawing a blank and cannot remember where the guy was from. Since they seemed to be a team, I assume that they split the tips.

They came in to our cabin one afternoon and tried to teach us how to make a towel animal! My husband was intrigued and wanted to know how to do it. Well, actually my husband made a snake out of our towel and invited them in to see it, and so they had to teach him a little bit about the right way to do it. It was a lot of fun and very interesting to chat with them. Our waiter was Anthony, from Jamaica. Leave it to my husband to make friends with everyone.

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Tipping is a very personal thing and if any cruiser wishes to leave a staff member extra at the end of the cruise, or at any other time that is up to them and perfectly OK.

The one thing new cruisers should be aware of is: Your gratuities are charged to your account and if you do not give additional money you ARE NOT considered cheap!

Gratuities were added to the shipboard accounts for three main reasons:

1. To avoid people from stiffing the staff.
2. To make it easier for passengers to handle tips. (No more stuffing envelopes)
3. It gave more control to the managers on how tips were distributed (Not a good thing)

Every long time employee I have spoken with prefers the automatic gratuities. They are stiffed far less and actually make more money. When you hear the story from a staff member that they don't receive all of their tips, there is a reason why they don't.

It now concerns me that people are now thinking that they "must" tip more than what is already added to their Sign and Sail account.

I also concerns me that Cruise Directors are pushing for additional tips for the crew. I fear that the automatic gratuity will become a "Service Fee" and people, and staff, will begin to think they MUST tip or receive a tip to receive or give good service.

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Mike (Who does tip extra when he receives "extra" service but not when someone does their assigned duty.)
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Just my opinion - probably because I'm originally from the metropolitan NJ area where bars/restaurants/resorts, etc. are extremely crowded and waiting for everything is usual.......However, I've seen that tipping the bartender, maid, etc. a bit more at the beginning of your day/stay, results in much better service.

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You can add the tip through your sail and sign. We always leave them extra money in cash depending on service it can be $5 or $10. I also like to leave them a pen or key chain from home. I've been told they love to collect items from different places.
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i was not overly impressed with most of the staff on the Miracle during our cruise to the eastern caribbean. never did see the matre' d, the waiter in the dinning room disappeared after he brought the coffee and dessert, a couple of the bartenders were a little rude so needless to say they didn't see anything extra from us. our room stewardess was a very nice lady although i don't think she really did anything out of the ordinary for us but my husband insisted on leaving her an extra amount. frankly unless you recieve exceptional service i wouldn't bother with anything extra....but that's just me and since this was my first cruise maybe i'm wrong feeling this way.
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