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Old December 27th, 2012, 02:47 PM
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What is current graturities policy on Celebrity Eclipse? By that I mean, are they automatically charged to your shipboard account daily? If so, is there any problem in opting out of auto tip in order to traditional tip ..cash last night? Thanks in advance.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:26 PM
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What is current graturities policy on Celebrity Eclipse? By that I mean, are they automatically charged to your shipboard account daily? If so, is there any problem in opting out of auto tip in order to traditional tip ..cash last night? Thanks in advance.
Fleetwide the policy is gratuities are added on a daily basis and you can opt out if you wish and pay the old fashioned way. The only exception is if you choose Select Dining in which case gratuities for all services are required to be pre paid, that is paid prior to getting on the ship.

Here's a link to the page with the amounts charged....

http://www.celebritycruises.com/plan..._during_cruise
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I was told by a chatty cabin steward that Celebrity gives their staff that receives the auto tips a list of cruisers who remove tips. Also, how many cruises you have w. X. Typically, he said those removing tips do not tip at end. He says he adjusts service accordingly.
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I was told by a chatty cabin steward that Celebrity gives their staff that receives the auto tips a list of cruisers who remove tips. Also, how many cruises you have w. X. Typically, he said those removing tips do not tip at end. He says he adjusts service accordingly.
They do get a list, the other items may be just one person, who knows.
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I was told by a chatty cabin steward that Celebrity gives their staff that receives the auto tips a list of cruisers who remove tips. Also, how many cruises you have w. X. Typically, he said those removing tips do not tip at end. He says he adjusts service accordingly.

Oh well, if that was to happen, I would complain to guest services and adjust tip accordingly. I like to tip traditional...cash at end of cruise. Why would a cabin steward need to know how many cruises we have had with Celebrity? We always let our cabin steward know, on first day, that we will tip cash at end. My cruise...my choice.
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We just finished a B2B on Jewel of the Seas on RC and paid in cash at the end. She was great so we paid her more than the "recommended" $7.25 a day.
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Oh well, if that was to happen, I would complain to guest services and adjust tip accordingly. I like to tip traditional...cash at end of cruise. Why would a cabin steward need to know how many cruises we have had with Celebrity? We always let our cabin steward know, on first day, that we will tip cash at end. My cruise...my choice.
The auto tips are the default, you will have to go to customer service at the beginning of the cruise and have them removed...

Just as an FYI, if you maintain the tips on the account, they may be adjusted upward but not down. The only way you can adjust them down is by removing ALL of the tips completely.
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I think just pay the tips, if you feel you need to give more you can, I think the staff like the system, they get what they are promised this way. AND I am a Brit!
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I think just pay the tips, if you feel you need to give more you can, I think the staff like the system, they get what they are promised this way. AND I am a Brit!
I don't think of a tip as a "promise". How can you promise something that should be based on level of service before you receive the service? I think that whatever works for each person is okay. I think we all agree that it is important to reward good service with the appropriate tip regardless if you pre-pay, pay as you go each day on ship bill or pay cash at end of cruise.

My wife is a Brit, so I know exactly what you mean .
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Celebrity make the promises, we had an expose type TV programme over here about life for the staff.
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So do you plan on finding the chefs, laundry personnel, assistants, etc to be able to tip them all what they normally would have gotten?

I think people seem to forget that the gratuities on a cruise aren't just for your stewards and your waiter in the MDR - they are for a ton of other people behind the scenes that you never meet.

What do you have against these people that you'd want to remove auto gratuities from your account?

If you want to tip on top of the auto, that's a whole other thing, but to short folks out of their portion just because you never see them working hard for you, seems wrong IMHO.
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So do you plan on finding the chefs, laundry personnel, assistants, etc to be able to tip them all what they normally would have gotten?

I think people seem to forget that the gratuities on a cruise aren't just for your stewards and your waiter in the MDR - they are for a ton of other people behind the scenes that you never meet.

What do you have against these people that you'd want to remove auto gratuities from your account?

If you want to tip on top of the auto, that's a whole other thing, but to short folks out of their portion just because you never see them working hard for you, seems wrong IMHO.
Very well put & dead right. I tend to think people who like giving little envelopes to "staff" have some sort of motive, I always find it embarrassing & prefer the auto method. We do give a little more in cash but don't make an issue of it.
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Very well put & dead right. I tend to think people who like giving little envelopes to "staff" have some sort of motive, I always find it embarrassing & prefer the auto method. We do give a little more in cash but don't make an issue of it.
Most of those people listed don't get tips anyway, Celebrity for the most part does not pool tips...

I also like the auto tip option...

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Very well put & dead right. I tend to think people who like giving little envelopes to "staff" have some sort of motive, I always find it embarrassing & prefer the auto method. We do give a little more in cash but don't make an issue of it.
Up until just a few years ago...I think 4 or 5, Celebrity did not do auto tips unless YOU went to them and asked for it. Most gave the envelopes to staff on the last night. No hidden motive just the way it was done. No one seemed embarrassed . Some of us prefer that system still.
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So do you plan on finding the chefs, laundry personnel, assistants, etc to be able to tip them all what they normally would have gotten?

I think people seem to forget that the gratuities on a cruise aren't just for your stewards and your waiter in the MDR - they are for a ton of other people behind the scenes that you never meet.

What do you have against these people that you'd want to remove auto gratuities from your account?

If you want to tip on top of the auto, that's a whole other thing, but to short folks out of their portion just because you never see them working hard for you, seems wrong IMHO.
Wow Don't forget the Captain, cruise director, dancers, the guy who sets up the pool chairs, etc.
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Oh well, if that was to happen, I would complain to guest services and adjust tip accordingly. I like to tip traditional...cash at end of cruise. Why would a cabin steward need to know how many cruises we have had with Celebrity? We always let our cabin steward know, on first day, that we will tip cash at end. My cruise...my choice.

I am one who will not tip up front. I don't thank anyone in advance for a job they haven't done.

I will remove the grats on our cruise next week then decide for myself who gets what - in cash - at the end of the week.

And if the steward service deteriorates because of it - well guess what.......
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Do you have any idea how many people "stiff" the hard working waiters and room attendants? We have been cruising since the early 50.s prior to Carnival and have seen this too many times and it is no wonder why the cruise lines have gone to automatic attempting to recapture some of this problem. In many instances it is the major complainer who wants to remove.We have gone along with the changes and reward those who have provided us with extra service with the envelope as was done in the past. I can remember in the old days certain individuals would not come to dinner on the last night to avoid any type of tipping. Maybe the answer is to increase the fare and be done with it.
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Make a reservation before Jan 27th and you can take advantage of Celebrity's
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Choose Your Offer - Cruise Specials & Packages | Celebrity Cruises

then you won't have to worry about gratuities..
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