Can anyone clarify the tipping policy on HAL ships? Is it the same as on other cruise lines that we have been on? This will be our first HAL cruise and I am confused by their "tipping not required policy".
The tipping policy on HAL is confusing. They do state if you wish to tip, do so, in words like that in the brochure. Here are some guide lines. And by the way we were not left envelopes at the end of our cruise but brought or own or ask for blank ones at the guest relations desk.
We tipped each day for room service, $1 to $2 depending on our order.
For the rest of the staff you tip at the end. The suggested is $3.50 per day p/p for the cabin steward and main waiter. The assistant waiter @2.00 per day p/p. The maitre d' if there are special requests or is very attentive, usually $15 to $20 for a 7 day cruise. As for bar tipping on HAL they do not automatically add 15% to the bar tab. The best is just to carry $1.00 bills with you or near the end of the cruise search them out and tip at your discretion.
I'm sure others will also have suggestions for you.
Have a great cruise with HAL, they really do it right.
What it really means is no one is going to be whining at you for excellent reviews or telling you about how many family members they're supporting back home (like on a couple of other lines, which I won't mention). Do tip! and as you normally would on other lines. We found envelopes in the cabin along with stationary. If you need more, see the front desk.
We bring along 1 or 2 rolls of dollar coins and tip bar staff as we go. It works well. You'll get the best of the paper flowers and birds and a nicely painted dutch hat from your most frequented waiters.