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Old November 7th, 2018, 10:39 AM
GinaJxn GinaJxn is offline
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Default Question for Cruise Staff only - Gratuity

Hi there! My husband and I love to travel and dine but are new to cruising. We have booked a Carnival Cruise and as I read the gratuity policy I'm curious what cruise employees prefer in regard to our options of either pre-paying gratuities or just doing cash tips. I know if we cancel pre-pay and do only cash tipping that there are a few "behind the scenes" staff that may be left out. But, I'm wondering what the majority would prefer. Both my husband and myself worked our ways through high school and college as servers and bartenders and we are what you would consider "good tippers" as we routinely tip well above 25%. I'm thinking the best option would be to pre-pay and provide a small tip on top of that, but from what I'm reading, employees don't know who pre-paid until the end of the cruise, so will people just think we are cheap and short-changing them?
I would love to ONLY hear from current or former cruise staff and NOT from cruise guests as I'm sure many people have varying opinions on this. Thank you!
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