I have been reading as much as possible in the 2 1/2 weeks before this cruise. ( Cruise in 2 days). I have learned alot, but i'm a bit shaky on this tip thing. I beleive my ship will have envelopes at the end of the cruise with suggested amounts for tipping. However I have been reading that when you get on the ship you should tip 1 - 2 dollars for the stewards, and the roomservice, etc. Is this on top of the envelopes at the end?
I'm confused. HELP PLEASE
The "rules" are pretty simple. The recommended amount for tippings is usually $3.50 per day, per person, for the cabin steward and your waiter. Then you tip $1.75 or so per person, per day for the assistant waiter.
Some ships also want you to tip the maitre d' (usually $5 per person) and the Chief Housekeeper. That's totally optional unless they perform a special service, in my opinion.
When someone brings room service who is NOT your cabin steward, $1 per person is good at the time of delivery. (It is a good idea to have lots of $1 bills hanging around for such stuff.)
If envelopes are not delivered to you, you can ask at the purser's desk.
We generally take the tip amount up a little bit. We sometimes pre-tip the cabin steward a $10 if we have special requests.
If you have a butler, he should be tipped at the same rate as the cabin steward unless he performs special services. Most of them do, if you ask. (Please, will you come and zip up the back of my dress?)
Don't stress. The important thing is to figure the tip amounts before you leave home and put those monies in an enevelope and DON'T TOUCH IT.
We always put our tips in envelopes BEFORE we leave home. We leave them unsealed so we can add to them if necessary. That money is off limits to us and it feels good to know we have it all set aside already. You won't believe how many people scramble at the last minute to find money for the tips. Many people don't come up with any tip money at all and we've seen other people writing checks at the last minute. HAVE FUN on your cruise!
We were happy to discover on our first cruise (1/12-1/19-Explorer) that we could put the tips on the super charge. It has to be done by Thurs. @4PM., but saved worrying about having the cash handy. By Thurs. you should know what you want to tip. You get printed vouchers to put in the envelopes. Our TA told us recently that starting next year RCCI will be including the tips in the cruise fee, which Holland America is already doing.