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Old October 1st, 2002, 07:47 PM
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Never cruised Celebrity and wonder about it's tipping policies.

Can you increase the amount or cancel it on your account so that you can tip as you please? We're not totally happy about this pre-pay thing. Don't like tipping people I never see.

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Suki,
Can't you just tip at the end of the cruise? Is the Celebrity different than other cruises?
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Suki,
When we were on the Summit in May it was traditional tipping - no pre-paid nor anything charged to your onboard account.
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Old October 2nd, 2002, 12:01 AM
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We just got off the Summit in Hawaii. Tips are not charged on your account. You pay up on the last formal night.
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Hi Suki,

So far Celebrity does not have the auto tipping, thank goodness.
Just set aside your tips prior to going on the cruise. The recommended amount is: $3.50 for the cabin and main waiter per person per day, and $2.50 for the assistant waiter per person per day. But tipping is a personal item. If service is beyoond you may wish to give more. Or if service is under par reduce the amount.
15% is automatic when purchasing beverages. We tip $1 to $2 for room service depending what is ordered.
Head waiter is at your discreation. Wine steward gets the auto 15% but if the service is above and beyond you may wish to give extra.
The envelopes will be left in your cabin the appropriate night for tips.

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Old October 2nd, 2002, 07:29 AM
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Also - I picked up on a good hint here.
If you want some special service in room or at dinner.
Pre tip about $20.00 to the busboy or waiter and request this service each night.
Worked great as my Wife and I are Ice tea drinkers at dinner.
Every night it was there as we sat down.
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We did our first ever Celebrity cruise recently and they do the tips the traditional way, envelopes the last night out, no automatic tipping.


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Thanks everybody - makes me feel better.

We've always tipped in traditional fashion - even on HAL where they say it's not required.
Personal service deserves personal recognition.

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Old October 2nd, 2002, 12:44 PM
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Sailed Millennium 9/2 and there was no automatic tipping.Celebrity has not changed from customary tipping as far as I know.
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When the tipping is $3.50 for your room, is that per person per day? So, a ten day cruise for two people will be $70.00? I hope we did it right on our last cruise because the gentleman who took care of our room was really exceptional and we tipped him $100.00.
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I also pre-tip. I have never been disappointed with the service I receive. I usually tip $20 to the waiter, $10 to the sommalier, $30 to the butler, and $10 to the cabin stewart. I do not like the idea of tips going on the shipboard account. I want to make certain that the money goes to the staff and not the cruiseline.
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Sharon, you did what we would have done - added a bit extra for service and attention we really appreciated - same with the dining room waitstaff. We seldom tip the Wine Steward - we don't use his services - Maitre'D same thing unless we're celebrating something special.

Seems maybe 3 or 4 bars become favourites - we try as far as possible to sit at the same tables and get to know the guys and gals - 2nd to last night we hand out tips- we never leave tipping until the last night - things can become somewhat harried and you're never sure your 'staff' will be where they usually are.

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Suki wrote:

> Sharon, you did what we would have done - added a bit extra
> for service and attention we really appreciated - same with the
> dining room waitstaff. We seldom tip the Wine Steward - we
> don't use his services - Maitre'D same thing unless we're
> celebrating something special.
>
> Seems maybe 3 or 4 bars become favourites - we try as far as
> possible to sit at the same tables and get to know the guys and
> gals - 2nd to last night we hand out tips- we never leave
> tipping until the last night - things can become somewhat
> harried and you're never sure your 'staff' will be where they
> usually are.
>
>
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Suki,
What a great tip. Thank you! We will make sure we tip the night before. We're sailing November 8th on the Summit and we can hardly wait we are so excited!
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Old October 13th, 2002, 09:11 PM
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Second that,
I did not tip the section leader of the cabin steward, because I never met him.
You want a tip, come talk to me and tell me where you are from and sound interested in me, and maybe you get a tip. No talkie, No tippie.
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cyn wrote:

> I do not like the idea of tips going on the shipboard account. I
> want to make certain that the money goes to the staff and not
> the cruiseline.

I accomplish both, giving the cash directly to the staff and charging it to my Celebrity cabin account. I do this by getting cash in the casino for tips. (G) There is no fee for this and since my cabin charges end up on my frequent flyer credit card, I get mileage for those tips too. (BG)
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