Re: What is actually included in the cost of the cruise?
Originally Posted by drevil
My wife and I are taking our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversay later this year. We will be sailing on the Millenium in late October in the Mediterranean and can't wait.
But one thing that I can't seem to find is what food is actually included in the cruise costs and what is an extra?
All food on the Millenium is included in the cost of the cruise except if you go to the specialty restaurant or the casual dining restaurant for dinner. This does not include tips at the end of the week but you will find ample food for free on the ship. The specialty restaurant is a special dining experience and is well worth the $30 per person charge. The casual dining is $2.00 per person and is in the buffet area but is not a buffet. It is basically a three course meal served by waiters and is a good alternative if you have a late tour or just don't feel like getting dressed. Alchoholic drinks and sodas are extra with an automatic 15% tip added on to the cost of the drink. Sushi, grill pizza, high tea, etc are all included in the cost of the cruise. If I missed something I'm sure someone else will post it.
Your comments on ''tipping'' are right on. The cruise lines offer an ''automatic ''pre-tipping scenario to take the bother away from you. And of course, anybody going over and above the regular call of duty deserves an acknowledgement.
One thing about '' extra ''food: Celebrity offers a Cova Cafe area on all their ships...Coffee is extra...but worth every sip !! The pastries and croissant s served in there are free....and worth every calorie !!!
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When we booked our trip, about $300 USD was included in the cost to cover gratuities, so I assume we don't need to tip apart from wanting to acknowledge some extra special service?
I am from Australia & tipping is somewhat new to me.
Many of the foreign (to the US) bookings include tips so you are lucky in that respect. I can understand your problems with tipping as I have been to Europe several times and have the opposite problem. Not tipping is very new to me. Enjoy your cruise...
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Please keep in mind when tipping your dining room staff that they are also working the breakfast crowd and the lunch crowd as well (in which they do not get tipped). So the tip for your dining room waiter and assistant is for ALL the hard work they fort the entire day not just for dinner.
I still hand them cash in an envelope. I asked my last waiter on the Summit when does he get the shipboard tip and he said it's in his paycheck. Some prefer it that way, but some prefer the cash.
I still think a cruise vacation is the best bargain.
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