Did I read correctly about an automatic $6.50 pp daily charge for the dining staff on Princess? Hope someone can answer this question for me. We are sailing on the Golden in October and would like to know anything about the ship that anyone has to offer. Thank You.
Yes, we just did the Sun Princess. The auto tip that will be charge to your account is $6.50 per person, per day for the waitstaff. This includes waiter, assistant and Maitre D). You should continue to tip the cabin steward yourself.
Personally, I don't like the fact that the Maitre D get a cut of my tip but I decided to accept the new system instead of asking them to remove it from my account and then tipping the traditional way.
We are sailing on the Crown Princess in October and I have been wondering the same thing about tipping. This will be our 24th. curise and I like the OLD FASHION way of handing the envelopes to the people who did so much for us.
Not to often has the Maitre'd done anything so I only want to tip him accordingly.
Our waiter, bus person on the other hand, usually have given great service and I want to thank them more. I plan on going to the pursers desk right away and telling them not to put it on our bill, that we will take care of it ourselves. If we go to other dining rooms we will tip accordingly. I don;t like it that they do it automatically and I plan on telling them so. We have never tipped what they recommend, it has always been higher. But I am not going to tip the Maitre'd higher if he does nothing for us.
The policy of automatic tipping of dining staff applies only aboard vessels that have adopted the new "Personal Choice Dining" program -- which are MV Sun Princess, MV Dawn Princess, MV Sea Princess, MV Ocean Princess, MV Grand Princess, and MV Golden Princess. Additionally, the new MV Star Princess will join this list on her inaugural cruise next winter. The issue is that the "Open Seating" option of "Personal Choice Dining" causes different assignments each night so passengers who select the "Open Seating" option would have to tip each night in order to tip the staff who actually serve them. The suggested tip for cabin attendants is now $3.50 per passenger per day, and is not included in the automatic tip.
Note that on these vessels, you may adjust the amount of the tip -- either up or down -- at the purser's desk. If you choose the "Traditional Seating" option and prefer to tip in the traditional manner, simply ask the purser's desk to remove the tip from your on-board account.
The remaining vessels -- MV Pacific Princess, MV Royal Princess, MV Regal Princess, and MV Crown Princess -- still retain the traditional tipping program. On these vessels, I noticed that Princess has raised the suggested tips to $3.50 per passenger per day for the waiter and the cabin steward and to $2.00 per day for the assistant waiter.
We were on the Grand this summer and did have the automatic Tipping stopped.
A TIP is To Insure Promptness. If a TIP is automatic where is the incentive to do better. It’s really a service charge, not a TIP.
They should ask before they take money out of our accounts rather than having us ask to stop it.