Tipping is a personal thing. Many parents don't tip the counselors. I try to though b/c I look at it this way...I tip a cab driver for a few minute ride... I tip my hairdresser for a 1/2 hour of her time...aren't my kids' safety and well being more important than the cabbie and the hairdresser? And thus, shouldn't I tip the counselors?
That said, if your child is not in the youth program much then don't feel you need to tip. As I said, it's very personal. I usually give a lump sum for the counselors to divide amongst themselves.
Luisa Frey Gaynor
Family Cruise Editor
If tipping is a "personal matter" then why are guidelines posted and a set amount deducted from our account for traditional services?
Aren't Camp Carnival counselors part of the Cruise Director's staff? Would you tip him???
Anyways.... anything other than a vague "whatever" would be helpful. A suggested guideline would be awesome.
Camp has nothing to do with the cruise director/entertainment staff. There's no guidline when it comes to tipping youth staff, the amount depends on you and believe me, it will be much appreciated! Just give the money to one of the counselors - they'll pool it and share it between themselves.
We've actually taken our young daughter on 3 cruises.. and each time we've found that we didn't use the main dining room at all.. (The early dining schedule seemed to work out so that we were eating at a time when Camp Carnival had a dinner break - and she was too small to deal with a 2 hour dinner)
So, we ate all of our meals on the Lido deck.. buffet style/food court - and when it came time for tipping - we went to the Pursers desk and had our pre-arranged tips changed ... and gave all of our Main Dining Room staff tips to the Camp Carnival Staff instead..
I ABSOLUTELY think they deserve to be tipped. They were the lifesaving team that made sure we ALL had a fantastic vacation!
Carnival Miracle to Aruba/Curacao/Dom.Rep/Grand Turk - 3/11
Carnival Miracle to Panama/Belize/Costa Rica-1/10
Carnival Sensation to Bahamas - 8/08
Carnival Spirit to Acapulco/Zijuantenejo/Manzanillo- 2/08
Carnival Miracle to Bermuda/Newport,RI - 4/07
Carnival Legend to Jamaica/Grand Cayman- 4/04
Carnival Imagination to Barbados/Martinique/St.Maarten- 2/03
Carnival Victory to San Juan/St. Thomas/St.Croix- 2/01