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Irish September 24th, 2008 11:38 AM

Gratuities Vs. PrePaid Gratuities
 
What is the difference between Gratuities Vs. PrePaid Gratuities

CA Cruiser September 24th, 2008 12:47 PM

I believe pre-paid are paid with your final cruies payment. That's what was offered to us once but we chose not to do it that way.

Irish September 24th, 2008 12:56 PM

We have always used Prepaid, but I have been looking at the book and my old paperwork and find that I am still prepaying the gratuities and I am wondering if I am double paying.

Irish 8)

ferrangi September 24th, 2008 04:56 PM

Pre paid gratuities are just that. They are added to the cost of your cruise and when you pay off your cruise, port fees, insurance, fuel etc... and pre paid gratuities then they are aleady paid. Mine never appeared on my sign and sail invoice, not during and not after the cruise. I loved doing it like that.
they can be adjusted either way for good or bad service and/or you can choose to leave your servers a little extra at the end of your cruise as we did. :-P

ready2board September 24th, 2008 05:51 PM

So with pre paid on Carnvial, do you get vouchers to leave in an envelope to your servers, room streward etc to show them you have pre paid?

ferrangi September 24th, 2008 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by ready2board
So with pre paid on Carnvial, do you get vouchers to leave in an envelope to your servers, room streward etc to show them you have pre paid?

You do not get vouchers.... your servers just get paid at the end of the cruise or something like that. Maybe they have like a savings account for on board and it's like auto deposit. I don't know exactly how that works.
I know we made thank you cards with a pic of the Pride on it. :D

briguy September 24th, 2008 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ready2board
So with pre paid on Carnvial, do you get vouchers to leave in an envelope to your servers, room streward etc to show them you have pre paid?

Either prepaid or not you never have to deal with cash. Nor do the employees see any of your actual cash. Its all done thru the sail and sign and they got it figured out internally. Just check your folio if you havent prepaid to see if the tips are being charged. That can happen early or at the end of your cruise. Of course if you want to give them a little extra they willingly take your money.. with a smile hopefully!

huffca September 25th, 2008 10:11 PM

I like pre paying as much as I can. Never seen a double billing. They used to give you envelopes for gratuities the last night of the cruise. If you prepaid you had coupons to put in the envelopes. And you could add more if you wanted. Now no envelopes. If you don't pre pay Carnival charges the recommended gratuities to your Sign & Sail card. Wich you can adjust as you see fit. And you can leave extra cash too. I have friends who like giving my steward a nice tip at the beginning of the cruise. They say it helps with service through out the cruise. My dad when he was a beer drinker would make friends with the steward and have him get a six pack of beer from the crew bar. He would tip him with 2 of the bottles. Cheaper for him and.

ready2board September 26th, 2008 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by huffca
I like pre paying as much as I can. Never seen a double billing. They used to give you envelopes for gratuities the last night of the cruise. If you prepaid you had coupons to put in the envelopes. And you could add more if you wanted. Now no envelopes. If you don't pre pay Carnival charges the recommended gratuities to your Sign & Sail card. Wich you can adjust as you see fit. And you can leave extra cash too. I have friends who like giving my steward a nice tip at the beginning of the cruise. They say it helps with service through out the cruise. My dad when he was a beer drinker would make friends with the steward and have him get a six pack of beer from the crew bar. He would tip him with 2 of the bottles. Cheaper for him and.

Thanks. I always wondered how the prepaid worked with Carnival. Last year on RCI they still did the envelope on last day thing that you either put cash in or your prepaid voucher...Carnival sounds even easier. I really like the prepay also and then handing them a few extra bucks to say thanks for good service...They definitely derserve it!

lhp September 29th, 2008 11:15 AM

We always prepay ours now. Only once have they not been handled correctly. So make sure your prepaid tips appear on your documents!!

briguy September 29th, 2008 04:42 PM

Like paying off your cruise before the due date I dont understand the concept of prepaying gratuities. Granted its nice not to have the expense at the end of your trip but why give them money well before its earned or before you have to? Why not set aside that cash into an account and earn a couple bucks of interest? Carnival loves the idea of prepaid so they can accrue interest that should have been yours to begin with. Makes absolutely zero economical sense to me...

huffca September 30th, 2008 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by briguy
Like paying off your cruise before the due date I dont understand the concept of prepaying gratuities. Granted its nice not to have the expense at the end of your trip but why give them money well before its earned or before you have to? Why not set aside that cash into an account and earn a couple bucks of interest? Carnival loves the idea of prepaid so they can accrue interest that should have been yours to begin with. Makes absolutely zero economical sense to me...

Like anything else it is convenience. And, if I feel the minimum basic amount is not earned I go and adjust it at the pursers desk. And, most of the time I'll leave a little extra. Since I'm usually on a budget. I like knowing I have the basics out of the way and taken care of.


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