My daughter, age 2, will be spending alot of time in Camp Carnival, surely. Which is a wonderful service for us! I know that we would like to tip the staff there as they will be dealing with diaper changes, her attitude etc.
I plan on doing automated tipping through the pursers office because I hate the idea of carrying cash that can be lost or stolen - but is that an option for tipping staff not normally included in that? This is my first cruise so I'm not sure exactly how tipping works. We can adjust the tipping amount with the pursers office, right?
So I can pick who gets tips? If my understand is correct the camp staff is on a different pay scale than the serving staff usually included in the tipping - they're on the same pay scale as the entertainers so not necessarily considered 'service staff'? We won't be eating much in the dining room so rather than tip above and beyond there, as I normally would, I would like to transfer that to the camp staff.
We tipped the CC staff the last night in cash and it was very appreciated. Reconsider adjusting your other tips because even though you don't eat in the dining room, the staff also work in the buffet and various areas of the ship when not on duty in the dining room. You might see your dining room server at breakfast and even sit in that section every morning for great service. JMO.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
It is my understanding that since CC staff are not part of the tip pool they must be tipped in cash. You may be able to designate something thru the pursers desk but since it is not the norn who knows when/if they will actually get it. A cash envelope with a personal "thank you" will be timely and appreciated.
Hi Jen - I've been on two cruises with my son (when he was 4 and again at 6) and he LOVED his Camp Carnival counselors...so much so he preferred to be with them more than his mom and dad!
As others have mentioned, the counselors are not part of the normal tipping pool, and we gave them an envelope on the last night of the cruise. On both cruises when we asked different counselors what the procedure was for tipping, they told us they warmly welcome gratuities and according to them, the counselors all pool their tips and then divide them at the end of each cruise. I found that interesting, and fair...even though we had a couple favorite counselors, it is true they all worked hard to keep the kids occupied and happy. Who knows if that's what they actually do or not, but we departed content in having tipped for fabulous effort/service.
If you don't want to carry cash, and are unsure about the P-desk allowing "extra" tipping, perhaps you could bring a travelors check you could give them? That way if it gets lost/stolen you could recoup the money. The cabins have safes in them so you could keep it there worry free for the week. My husband and I brought just enough cash to cover tips, and didn't have a problem.
It is correct that the $10 per day per person does not include any Camp Carnival Staff. That is just for wait staff (food related) and cabin stewards and attendants.
We have always tipped the Camp Carnival staff depending on the amount of time each child spent in Camp Carnival. When they both used it all the time...we would tip $25.00 per child (since they were in different age groups) Sometimes, $30.00 a child if the service was extremely exceptional.
The oldest is grown...so we only have the 16 year old.
The 16 year old in Club 02 has Autism and that depends on how much they have do for him. I have tipped as little as $20 (for a 4 day) and as much as $100.00 (for a 7 day) for him.
I also tip the karaoke hosts. The least I have tipped for a 5 day is $20.00. The most for a 7 day was $50.00.
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