We are thinking about booking a Penthouse Suite, AD or AE, for our next cruise and we have some thoughts about the food offered.
Are the AD and AE cabins exclusive enough to get the breakfast and lunch in Cagney´s or is that for more exclusive suites?
There is a "dining area" in the cabin. Does that mean that real meals are served in the cabin (from the main dining rooms?) or is it just a better roomservice menu which offer some kind of real food? We don´t plan to eat in the cabin but maybe it could be nice just one night!
If real meals are served, how much shall we tip the waiter?
AE and Ad do in fact qualify for all the VIP perks from embarkation, priorty tender, Breakfast and Lunch in Cagneys, to butler service. The Butler will handle all the food service in your cabin along with most other request. The butler does things and the concierge arranges things like dinner reservations.
As far as meals in the AE/AD you can get food from any venue including the surcharge restaurants (you still pay thr cover) served in the cabin. Ask you butler for the menus and he will take your order, set the table with linens, deliver the food, and clean up.
As far as the tip you may have to reach deep in your pocket depending on how much you use the butler and concierge. There is no hard and fast rule and lots of ideas as to what is the right amount. Some go with $10 pp per day. Some with $10 pp per meal plus some for other services. The tip is normally presented at the end of the cruise not as you go giving you a chance to measure the value of the overall service.
In my case the minmum I would leave the butler with perhaps a breakfast or two in the cabin was $100 the most I have given is $300. The concierge $50 - $150.
Just a note the Balcony on the newer ships in the ADs are deep enough to move the table outside for a meal but not in the AEs.
shoreguy, thank you for your great answer! I guess I know everything now!
Is it okej to tip every time the butler do something or is the only way to do it to tip at the end of the cruise? I should probably not use the butler much and should prefer to give a tip every time he(/she?) do something.