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Old October 25th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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On our trip we have a flat rate tip price of $10 per person per day. We are only going on a 5 day cruise, so we are paying $50 per person for tips. If the boat sails at maximum capacity, which is 2642 That equates to $132,100 for tips. I hope more than a few get extra bonus from the tipping at that price. Do the cruise lines split up the tipp charge to all crew members? Or just a few? Plus I saw a 15% gratuity is added to all drinks, who gets this money? If we are tipping every single crew member, each member would get roughly $125 bonus. What are your thoughts. Al
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The $10.00 per day goes to Cabin steward, Head Waiter, Asst Waiter and Matre D. The 15% gratuity goes to all the bar staff and others that may not get tips for personal service.
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Don't believe the Maitre'D gets any of the $10 tip Only the wait staff and room stewards plus $1 for the lido deck crew.
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I like doing it that way, less for me to be bother with. I also give extra to my cabin steward for his good service.
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So If i read this correct only 3 types of personell are getting a share of the $132,100? Does the clean up crew get any tip?, How about the luggage crew, or the bilge crew? I will be very upset to learn that the people behind the scenes may not get any of the is large sum of money. Al
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Consider it like this the crew that is most involved with serving you get your tips. In a restaurant you tip the waiter and the waiter will tip out the bus boy, and bartender. Your tips will never see a dish washer or cook. But they get paid by the cruise lines so I wouldn't worry too much about where your money goes.
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The "tipped" personnel are paid a monthly wage around $50. The gratuities are their salary. Other "non-tipped" personnel are paid a higher monthly wage.

Yes: It is possible for a cabin steward or waiter to make $30,000 per contract but they work 14 hours per day and put up with an awful lot of "stuff" to earn that money.

I cannot say about Carnival but on Holland America part of the automatic tips are distributed to behind the scenes crew.

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