Most messages on this board say you should tip for room service. However, I was told by Princess it is not necessary to tip for room service. Room service is included in the dining room automatic tip. Can anyone clear this up?
Lets review the Princess " Tipping Policy " together !
During your cruise you will be meeting many members of Princess's Dining and accomodations staff , in a variety of locations onboard. Because they employ foreign workers who consider work a honor , not a duty all of these folks should provide you with extraordinary service for all your dining and stateroom needs .Princess has modified it's gratuity policy to make it easier for you to reward excellent service onboard all Princess vessels . A charge of $ 10.00 US per person per day =example- 7 day cruise = $ 70.00 ) ( 2 persons in a room = $ 140.00 ) ( 4 persons sharing a room = $ 280 ). Capiche ?
Now, having stated their policy either of those applicable amounts will automatically be added to your shipboard account ( The credit card you gave them when you registered )
Should you feel you were not given exemplary service , a quick visit to the purser's
desk to make adjustments can and should be done without hesitation .
Now, PLEASE NOTE that a 15 percent gratuity charge is automatically added to any BAR bill , or canned soda or ice cream purchased anywhere on the ship without using your beverage card . So, if they ask for your room number -guess what ? You will be billed for something . Capiche ?
Gratuities for anyone else on the ship -photographers, spa personnel, casino dealers,
are at your own discretion because these are 100 % salaried employees . There should be no reason for you to feel guilty as I can pretty much guarantee you will never see these folks again and if you lose $ 1000 or more in the casino none will lend you a dime - Capiche ?
It would have to be a very unusual situation for me to tip in the casino except perhaps at the crap table or 21 if I had done really well, same is true with the photograhpers who I beleive are independent contractors, but when it comes to room service, we have been cruising ships with the $10 a day policy for almost 3 years (I think NCL was the first to introduce this) and we still tip anytime we order room service. Maybe it isn't necessary, but still seems only fair. NMNita
Automatic tipping is not on! Tips are given for good service and some give better service than others. If I receive good service, I tip accordingly. I've had waiters in the past (NCL) who have been friendly enough but have been absolutely rubbish at serving hot food on time.....most of his time was spent having a laugh with the other waiters and while we have been left waiting on our main course, other tables are getting their sweets! This happened every day for a week!!! Needless to say, this guy certainly didn't deserve the amount of tip that was allocated to him. We have had cabin stewards who go out of their way to help you & others who just keep out of your way. The 15% added to any drink order again should be stopped. Just how many times have you heard of someone asking for a coffee/tea/water etc only to be left waiting & waiting because there isn't a 15% tip included with these drinks and then no-one turns up with it....it ain't on! If we could go & get these drinks ourselves we would but there are times when you would prefer a coffee etc rather that an alcholic drink. Tips are for good service and good service only and therfor should be paid only when good service has been received and not before.
Last month on the Diamond Princess, it was obvious that tips were expected for room service. On the back of the room service breakfast menu, there was a place for a signature, the time the service actually arrived, and a space to write in a tip amount. The delivery person made sure that I signed it. I rather liked this since it removed the ambiguity if a tip was expected or not.
Back to the question. Yes, you should tip for room service. Also, the tag you hang on your door for breakfast means you get it within about a thirty minute period. We just call when we wake up and ask for coffee,(which is made from a syrup. you know) etc. Tip a couple of bucks and the next morning when you call your coffee will be there pronto. Also on one cruise we took a roll of the new silver dollar coins for tips and got a lot of questioning looks...now we use paper dollars. Also, on the subject of automatic tipping, that's ok but when you leave your room on the last morning your stewart will still be there expecting something. We have cruised Princess eighteen times and it has never failed to be this way...JIM
To tip or not to tip? My wife and I had so many hot debates before our CP cruise on June 12. My wife prepared 30 one dollar bills just in case, but I did nothing. We ended up not tipping anyone in the week. Two exceptions though, one is the automatic tipping. Second was the morning room service I ordered on the second day. At the back where signature is required, there is a section of gratuity and I put in three dollars. I stopped ordering room service since it was not worth it. I might as well go to the buffet or a dining room to enjoy it.
I did not experience any excellent personalized service at all which prompted me to tipping. I believe the automaic tipping should be sufficient. That is not to be mistaken: the overall service at CP was above average to good, but it lacked the personal touch so I did not pay any.
On my first cruise I always had breakfast in the cabin. I tipped $2 each time. I will do the same this time. I am also against the 15% that is added to any drink order. But I am in luck, we don't drink at all so this does not effect us.
as for the coffee..I am more and more convinct to bring a small coffee maker. Syrup for coffee? That is so gross I am about to throw up < sipping on my 2nd cup of coffee right now>
June 1st 2015--- Denali Explorer Cruise on Star Princess!
Someone mentioned that on the last day of the cruise the room steward will be there expecting a tip? What is that all about when you are being charged the automatic tipping? Does everyone typically tip extra on the last day or something? I'm getting very confused. Are we going to look like cheapies if we don't give him something over and above the automatic tipping?