If the food is delivered by your room steward (ess), as it sometimes is during the day, no tipping is generally required. If, however, it is delivered by someone else, room service staff, we always tip a couple of bucks. Word spreads quickly down there and you'll be assured of prompt and efficient service through the cruise.
Hi Mike & Kathy,
You can fill out the room-service card the evening before and have your breakfast delivered at a specific time, they will usually call right before, so it works as a great wake-up call as well. Its usually the room service staff that brings this, so yes, tip a few dollars.
As far as fruit, you can ask for it the first day and just fill out a form in your cabin when you want it filled with some more ... then you don't have to order it from room service because your room steward takes care of it.
You can also pick up extra fruit at the Horizon buffet.
As to coffee, you might consider one of those water heater gizmos that hook over the cup and bring along Maxwell House packets plus a thermal type mug (don't try the plastic cups on board - they melt), Then you could get a pint of milk at the Horizon and keep it in your fridge.
If it's just coffee and fruit, this is an easy way to go. If it's more, then fill out the breakfast form and hang it outside your door with the time of delivery marked. I've also read that you can add other items not listed on the form (such as eggs). If you want butter for your toast or roll, write it down and how many you want ... you pretty much have to be quite specific.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
Since the staff may have to come a long way to your room, it is nice to give them a small
tip. I enjoy the smiles on their faces when they get their tip. Also, remember the workers
sign 6 to 9 month contracts and work 7 days a week, most of the time, from what I understand. A little tip goes a long way.
It is customary to tip the room service staff when they deliver your food. Perhaps others have different ideas (I have not bothered to use room service), but I'm guessing that $1 per person per delivery would be an appropraite tip for a meal.
BTW, Princess's room service staff will bring anything on the dining room menu to your room during dining room hours. There's also a rather limited room service menu that's always available on a 24x7 basis.
Bth Donna & Ernie have the right idea! Tipping is "To Insure Prompt Service". A couple of bucks each time they bring you coffee in the morning will be appreciated for sure and the next time you call you will hardly hang up the phone before they knock at your door!