Steve S wrote:
> All those past individuals who sailed with HAl.
> If HAL does not go to an automatic 15% added
> to the bar bill, how were the tips taken care
> for the bar help.
> They work hard also, and deserve something.
No question this is true. And HAL makes it somewhat difficult in that you can't even ad a gratuity onto the bar bill.
We took to carrying around $1 bills to offer to the bar staff. Would be so much simpler if you could ad it on when you sign for the drinks.
I agree with Kuki about "it would be easier to be able to add it on the tab" - However we are GREAT fans of the "Crows Nest" and usually go there EVERY night before late-seating dinner. The staff get to know you [ a familiar theme!] and we bring envelopes there on the last night as well as ther diningroom! The bar staff really is "special" on HAL ships! You just find your favorite place!
BTW the Crows Nest is our favorite place on Debarkation day as it seems less crowded; by a LOT! Of course it is further away from the gangway.........so you get to stay on board just a little bit longer!!!!! Anne
No matter how often I curise the boards, HAL's policy of "no tipping required" always comes up. Tipping, also known as a gratuity, is derived from the Latin word gratis. It is, best discribed as gratitude for a service performed. What a passenger has to decide is if the service performed deserves a reward above what you consider is included in what you payed for in your curise fare.
I always distribute envelopes the last night of the cruise to staff who I feel went above and beyond the call of duty. On all but one cruise aboard HAL ships, my wife and I were given the decorated "Dutch" hat with our names, the cruise dates, and a picture of the ship, signed by members of the bar and wait staff. Without question, this little token deserves special "gratitude" on my part. However, even on the one cruise where we weren't give this special gift, I passed out envelopes to those crew members who gave me what I considered, treatment.
A fact most cruisers don't know is that aboard HAL ships, this tip money is pooled among all the crew members on a monthly basis, and then divided along a predetermined percentage. So much for the bartenders, so much for the pool attendents etc. Everyone one gets a share of your tip money.
I'll continue to tip the way I've always done, that's just the way I am.
Based on 2 recent surveys from HAL that I completed, there's a strong indication that they will begin to add 15% to the bar tab. I think that this is justified, and will make it much easier for those who patronize multiple bars and lounges.