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Old May 28th, 2001, 01:01 PM
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Could anyone please advise me on the issue of tipping. Is it customary to tip the maitre D and head waiter even if they did not render special service? Also do you tip for room service? Thanks so much everyone.
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Ted,

Is it customary to tip the maitre D and head waiter even if they did not render special service?

No. It is customary to tip the the maitre d'hotel and your head waiter only for special services.

Also do you tip for room service?

Yes. It is customary to tip for room service, just as you would at a hotel ashore.

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Old May 28th, 2001, 04:20 PM
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Why would you tip for room service when your room steward is the one bringing you your breakfast or other things?He gets tipped at the end, right?
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Room Service is not always brought to your stateroom by your room steward. Your room steward does have 'time-off' throughout the day and night. If you order something from room service during those hours, it will be brought to you by someone else, at which time a tip is suggested.......
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Default Re: very confused on tipping......

Now, with Princess implementing the "automatic tipping", I believe the Maitre D and Head waiter are included in the pool. Personally I'm not that pleased with that aspect. I always tipped them for "special service" if I received it.

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Hi Mike,
No, thats not true. Your room stewart is not the one bring the room service, at least not when I ordered it. Even if by chance he/she did bring your order, you'd still tip them at that time, just like if you were staying in a nice hotel.

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It just gets confusinger and confusinger ....

What we do ...

Whoever ratchets out of bed first and doesn't hit a bulkhead opens the door and hands the coffee person $2. The other one (that would be me) hides under the sheets and makes nasty comments about the time of day people annoy me with coffee. Never mind that I was the one who filled out the little door-hanger specifying the time.

If we just order sandwiches or a salad, about the same.

For more complex stuff ... lunch on the balcony, a special fruit and cheese or veggie tray for cocktail time, etc. we part with $5.

If we decide that we want the entire dinner thing, ordering from the dining room menu, done "en suite" and the server does a good job, that's worth a bit more.

If we happen to have a butler (a dying breed, apparently) we just tip the fellow at the end, keeping track of what he's done.

We do tip the dining room waiter for EVERY night, regardless of whether or not we've been at table. He was there, we weren't.

Isn't THAT helpful?
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Old May 28th, 2001, 10:36 PM
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There is a great article in personal choice dining at
cruisenewsdaily.com. It clears alot of questions up.Sorry I don't know how to put the link so you can go directly to it.
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