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Old July 12th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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I am leaving on the spirit soon.

The 10 service charge p/day p/adult? Is that to cover tipping? So do we tip anyone on the ship?

I am so confused!!!!!
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Yes the $10 per day per adult is gratuities. Many lines have gone to this method which is wonderful in my opinion. In addition drinks will automatically have a 15% gratuity add as will spa treatments.

Do you need or are you expected to tip anyone else? Generally the answer in no. The exception would be the kids councilors is you are using Kids club or something like that. Do we tip extra? Yes, usually a little. If your cabin steward is outstanding or you find a bar tender or cocktail wait person who gives you great service, remembers your name etc or maybe it is someone in the casino. Again, this is certainly not a must.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 07:03 PM
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you can adjust your tips or "service charge" adding or taking amount away and you put down the reason. It's always a hot topic, whether one should or should not, I am old school, you give service, I dont adjust the tip negatively, you dont, and I would.
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you can adjust your tips or "service charge" adding or taking amount away and you put down the reason. It's always a hot topic, whether one should or should not, I am old school, you give service, I dont adjust the tip negatively, you dont, and I would.
It is a hot subject and I agree, but because the $10 a really pretty minimum the service would have to be really bad with attempts on my part, to get any problems solved before I would ask to have it adjusted down. So far this has never happened to us. Has service always been oustanding? Nope, but rarely anything I would complain about. NIta
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Ok so that makes sense.. So Dinner tips are included too???? My friend is traveling on Carnival... and she was telling me that she is bringing 100 in small bills for table tips etc...??

Ugh! I cant wait to relax on my cruise!!
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Ok so that makes sense.. So Dinner tips are included too???? My friend is traveling on Carnival... and she was telling me that she is bringing 100 in small bills for table tips etc...??

Ugh! I cant wait to relax on my cruise!!
you should have a great time: I am not certain but I think Carnival has gone to the auto tipping as well. I know HAL has. BTW, if you eat in one of the sur charge restaurants you may want to leave a tip. Just something we always do.

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Old July 13th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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Ok so that makes sense.. So Dinner tips are included too???? My friend is traveling on Carnival... and she was telling me that she is bringing 100 in small bills for table tips etc...??

Ugh! I cant wait to relax on my cruise!!
I usually still bring 50 - always good to have small bills - a couple dollars for the room service person, handy in port, a couple extra for my favorite bartender, some when having dinner in a speciality restaurant or even in the main dinning room for those that are exceptional
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When you order roomservice which is included in the price, for example breakfast, give a few dollar. When you order something that cost, you don´t have to give anything because the 15% will be added.
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First let me say I think the auto tips are a great idea, but I wish the would call them what they are, a service charge. Also, normally tip extra when the service meets or exceeds our expectations. Most of our cruising experience has been on HAL, so our expectations are fairly high.

Based on that, we did not offer many additional tips during our May cruise on Spirit. We found that the service, which we felt was not as good as it should have been, just did not warrant an extra tip. I'm not saying the service was bad, but we just felt it was not great. The word adequate comes to mind. Normally we would give our cabin steward an extra amount, but we rarely even saw him and he never introduced himself. He did keep the cabin generally tidy, but we would always have to ask for clean bar glasses and ice. We had purchased a bar set up and never seemed to have clean glasses or ice when we needed it.

The Butler did introduce himself on the first day, but was rarely seen or heard from the rest of the cruise.

The concierge was quite helpful and we did slip her a $50 bill during disembarkation.

The wait staff in all of the restaurants were OK, but generally pretty slow an unattentive. You normally had to ask for everything at least twice and many times you just never got it. You had to flag them down to fill your wine glass. Once I got up to get the bottle of wine to fill my daughters glass and the waiter literally rushed over to stop me. But even that didnt seem to make him check back more often.

Again, all minor things that in no way ruined our cruise. But its attention to detail and all the little things that compell us to tip extra. It just didnt seem to exist on the Spirit.

All that said, tipping is a personal thing. If you feel the service was worth an additional tip, feel free to leave one. If not, feel free to not leave one.

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I agree with Tim, they should call it a service charge. It´s easy not to have to tip everyone in person but the tip shall go to those who deserve it, not to everyone! The same with the 15% they automatically put on the check when someone is buying drinks, some waiters deserve it and some doesn´t.

It´s probably easier for you Americans to accept to pay the tip to everyone because you are used to do that. In Sweden we almost never give a tip to anyone if they haven´t been outstanding. We don´t have to tip waiters at restaurants and they don´t expect to get a tip, their salarys are much better than a waiters salary in America so they don´t need the tip. I have never given a tip to anyone at an hotel in Sweden, they don´t expect it either.

My opinion is that those who do their job and nothing more don´t deserve a tip! Of course I tip waitresses when I´m in America because I know that their salarys are low and that many of them really need the tip!
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I agree with Tim, they should call it a service charge. It´s easy not to have to tip everyone in person but the tip shall go to those who deserve it, not to everyone! The same with the 15% they automatically put on the check when someone is buying drinks, some waiters deserve it and some doesn´t.

It´s probably easier for you Americans to accept to pay the tip to everyone because you are used to do that. In Sweden we almost never give a tip to anyone if they haven´t been outstanding. We don´t have to tip waiters at restaurants and they don´t expect to get a tip, their salarys are much better than a waiters salary in America so they don´t need the tip. I have never given a tip to anyone at an hotel in Sweden, they don´t expect it either.

My opinion is that those who do their job and nothing more don´t deserve a tip! Of course I tip waitresses when I´m in America because I know that their salarys are low and that many of them really need the tip!


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The question of tipping seems to come up quite a lot on these sites. I agree wuth you that the Americans seem to have a different attitude to tipping. When ever we are in america we tip as you have said. but choose to tip as and when we are sailing. What suits one does not suit all
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