We leave for our trip in two days!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!! This is our first cruise ever. I'm busy with all the last minute details. One of which is setting aside the gratuities. I was reading the suggested guidelines in our cruise brochure and they suggest $1.00 a day per person for the head waiter. Is this another name for the maitre d? Because our information doesn't specifically mention the maitre d. And when do you give him the tip? On the last night in the dining room, in an envelope? Please help!! I certainly don't want to short- change anyone. Answers needed ASAP.
Thanks for your help!!!
Dining rooms have gotten so big, on today's ships, that they have broken up the maitre d's duties among several "head waiters."
While there is usually a suggested gratuity of $1.00 p.p/per day, I usually only tip the head waiter if he/she has done something special; change a table; change seating; etc; If not, he/she is just doing their job...
I'd rather give a little extra to a good waiter or bus-boy/asst. waiter.........
The last time I sailed Thanksgiving the head waiter was the asst. maitre d he made the ceasar salad, flamed desserts and always came but to make sure everything was to our liking. He was the most friendly and attentive one we ever had and we tipped him. We tipped the "head" matre d for changing us to first seating we were on priority wait list and first on the list and was changed the next day. My thought and I am sure I will hear about this is it is up to you. If they did something or made themselves present to make your experience enjoyable tip them. But if it is the last night of the cruise and you still have no clue who they are and never seen them why would you tip them. Have fun on your cruise.
There have been cruises when we haven't tipped the head waiter because we've never seen him, talked to him or received any special service from him.
But, on our last cruise, our head waiter was wonderful! He would greet us so nicely when we'd see him in the other areas of the ship. He'd always want to make sure we had everything we needed and that we were satisfied with the food. We never asked anything special of him, but he went out of his way to make our cruise special and so we gladly tipped him. The best part of that experience was that he was genuinely surprised to receive a tip envelope and didn't seem to expect it. It makes giving a tip that much more enjoyable!