Why do we have to have the whole pantomime of envelopes and tips on the last night - especially when most of us haven't seen, let alone used cash for two weeks? When you pay $1500 plus to your travel agent, you would not notice an extra $100 on the bill when paying for your holiday. Celebrity then could reward its staff as it wishes and we would be saved this ridiculous little bit of last night nonsense!
What we do before we leave home, is figure out what the tips will be, have the cash together and don't touch it! As soon as we board, that will go into the safe until we get the little envelopes and we are set. You will notice a lot of other cruiselines have the automatic tipping, so it goes directly to the credit card you use for the sign/sail card, no hassles there, in fact I really liked it, didn't need to bring that extra cash.
Let me start out by saying, I am not a poor tipper. That will set the stage for my comments. The people that I deal with directly, ie: room steward, waiter, asst. waiter, get more than the suggested tip. They directly serve me while cruising. However, the wine steward ( I do not drink wine ), the Maiter D ( I have no contact with him) do not IMO deserve gratuities. When lines like Carnival charge your Sign and Sail card for these gratuities, they include everyone. Of course you can ask that these charges be removed from your bill and tip only those you wish to.
I also like to give $10 or $20 renumeration to the room steward upon my first meeting with him or her as it is an incentive to them to pay special attention to your needs making your cruise more enjoyable.
I agree with Philip 100%. I was on a Celebrity ship last october, and the restaurant manager DID NOT show his face untill the next to the last night when it was time to disperse tips. I did not feel bad when I did not give him a tip, neither did the rest of the table. He should have made an effort to at least show his face for a few min. every night at dinner. I am not a poor tipper either, I feel I am more than happy to tip for service I am getting, and tip well if service is well, and tip not so well if service is not to par. I dont like the idea of them charging tips to my card without asking how much I would like to tip. In my opinion, I think they should ask you how much you want to charge on your card for tips, and who do you want to get what. Does that make sense??? I hope.
I personally would like the cashless option, just so I don't have to worry about keeping cash or getting it from the casino and refrain from gambling with it. But there has been quite a debate over this topic. Are the appropriate people getting the tips they deserve? Does it result in poorer service because the tips aren't paid based on performance? There's a lot of views on this issue. Should Celebrity be responsible for paying the 3% credit card fee (or whatever the percent is) for the tips when they are included in the cruisefare? The cruisefares and beverage prices are priced in order to cover that fee and make a profit. A portion of the tips would have to be deducted from the amount actually given to the waiters to pay that fee. I've heard of a few restaurants doing that to their waiters in the US. And I don't know how the crew are taxed on their income, but there's a good chance that they'd want to stick with the cash system as well. I wouldn't complain if they started including the tips in the cruisefare, but at least I know exactly what the hard working people are receiving from my wallet.
> didn't need to bring
> that extra cash.
I didn't bring the extra cash either. I got cash in the casino and used it for the tips. Celebrity does not charge a fee like Princess' 3% so it makes getting this cash easier and since it is charged to my cabin, it goes on my frequent flyer credit card.
Now I did use some of the cash for gambling but since I had 3 full houses and two flushes at Caribbean stud, I came home with more cash than I had expected even after paying the gratuities. (G)
Tipping is a personal and still an optional thing. I think it should continue that way. Even on cruises where tips are included in the price I tend to tip when I feel good and want to for extra service. I always tipped the person that brought our breakfast to the room. I think room service should deserve an extra tip.
But, again this is a personal thing and I have gotton mad for poor service and not made any extra tip. Sometimes my tip is a charity gift rather than an appreciation of good service. I have had some attendents that were so young and inexperienced I thought they needed the help. I once had a stewart bring me brochures in Spanish. I speak English. He corrected the error, but I could have let him continue it and deduct his tip.
This is still an optional thing and I like to be sure they get the tip from me and not by a third party. Third party help frequently messes up the party.
My husband and I sail Celebrity all the time. We don't have a problem with tipping our Cabin Steward, Bulter , Waiter & Bus Boy. I see no reason to tip the Restraunt Manager.
We never see him until the cruise is almost over. As for the Cabin Steward, Butler, Waiter, & Bus Boy - they are more than likley paid minium wage and relay on our tips.
When you go out to dinner - don't you leave a tip for your servier?