I prepaid our tipping for our cruise to Alaska for my hubby and I...it is $138 total for the week. Do I still need to tip others on the ship...we have never been on a cruise before, so not sure what to expect. We are booked on the Vision of the Sea, RCCL.
The only others you would have to tip are the porters at the dock ($2 per bag) and if you order room service I would give the person bringing it a couple of dollars. I tip the camp staff if I'm cruising with my children, and for spa services if I get any. Also, if I have the maitre'de do anything special for me I will tip him.
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i totally agree with Darcy. I usually tip room service a buck or two. You need to tip for salon/spa services. I only tip the Maitre D if he has done something special for me.(He gets paid very well).
Feel free to tip extra out of pocket if your cabin steward, and wait team exceed your expectations.
Could someone help a newbie out and define "exceeding expectations" and "doing something special?" And how much might be appropriate to recognize that level of service?
I'm travelling on the Pride of Aloha late this summer (automatic $10/day) and am finding this whole tipping situation quite confusing!
Also, if you tip extra, do you just put it on your account at the end? Or do I need extra cash to cover this?
Because you're traveling on a "freestyle" ship you aren't most likely to have the same service staff or the same Maitre D throughout the cruise... so the "extra tipping" issue wouldn't really come into play for you, unless you happened to encounter some staff who impressed you SO MUCH with their service that you felt you wanted to give them "something extra".
That might be another $10 -20, if the situation arose. And yes, if you decided to add some extra, you'd need the cash to do it.