this will be my first cruise and i am still trying to figure out the best way to tip. i am unsure of the "do it yourself at the end of the cruise way or by the sign and sail payment method." i mean which is the best way in a veteran cruisers opinion? any good advice? i am saving up a year ahead of time so i can really enjoy myself. i read it is a good idea to have plenty of 2$ bills on hand for tips. then someone else posted this confuses the person who is not familiar with them. please advise. i want to tip good but dont want to be loaded down with lots of ones. i will be on the carnival spirit going to the alaskan inner passage for 7 days. YAHOOOOO. cant wait. thanks dusty
On the Carnival cruise ships, they automatically charge your tips for the waiter, asst. waiter and cabin steward to your S&S account @ $9.75 per day per person. Of course you can remove, change or decrease or increase this amount. The $2 bills that are often mentioned are hard to come by in banks today. They will be even harder almost a year from now. As mentioned, they also confuse the recepient. The easiest way is to leave the tips on the S&S unless you feel that your service is not good. You can cash a travelers check at the pursors desk, use an ATM at port or get a cash advance in the casino (last two have fee's). You will need about $50 in ones for taxi's, porters, tour guides on land, etc.