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Old December 30th, 2004, 10:31 PM
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Can someone tell me if Coral Pincess automatically adds on 10.00 per person per day for tipping room sterward and waitstaff, as part of the ticket price or is this an "additional" charge that must be settled upon before departing the cruise?

We are leaving next week and have put money aside for tipping, now I am reading that princess automaticcaly bills 10.00 per person per day to the credit card. Then it went further to say that by going to the pursur's desk then tip amount can be adjusted. What? I am so confused.

Coffee.
After reading on the forum "somewhere" that the coffee is a syrup mixed with hot water and that creamer is hard to obtain (if you like alot). I am ready to bring my little coffee pot, coffee and extra cream...

Is this a good idea?


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A first time cruiser

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Old December 30th, 2004, 11:16 PM
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Yes, the Coral adds $10 per person per day to your credit card. Yes, you can have it removed by the purser and get vouchers instead to give those people - again this is charged to your credit card. It's divided $3.50 for your room steward, $3.50 for the waiter, $2.00 for the assistant waiter and $1 for the head waiter. And, my understanding is that they now pool their tips (at least in the dining room).

I don't mind the coffee but generally have it only in the dining room at dinner with cream ... and at La Patissierie for Lattes which are individually made and cost $2.10 with tip included.

Might not be a bad idea to bring your own if you like it specially brewed. You also might pick up the cream at a Fort Lauderdale store and keep it in your refrigerator (unlike RCCL, these are really refrigerators and the ice doesn't melt as it does with RCCL).

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Old December 31st, 2004, 06:35 AM
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yes, tips will be billed at the end. you also may add to it.
i took some tip money for taxi and excursions.
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Old December 31st, 2004, 11:25 AM
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I just got off the Dawn, and what I did was brough a 4 cup coffee maker and a bage of Starbucks. Worked great! If you enjoy coffee and it is an important part of your day, bring your own. You will not find a decent cup of coffee.

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Old December 31st, 2004, 01:12 PM
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Thank you. I have my coffee pot packed and coffee too! I will buy some cream in FT Lauderdale to keep in the frig. I will most likely tip more but not as much as I had in the evelopes already portioned out
I am just getting over a cold and a terrible cough. Thank goodness it as happened now and not next week when we sail.

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Old December 31st, 2004, 04:30 PM
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We found a way around the "very bad" coffee that most cruise ships have. We used to carry a small travel coffee pot until we discovered individual serving coffee bags. The look like tea bags but have real coffee in them. One bag....one cup. All you have to do is order hot water from room service.

We also stumbled onto "stabilized half and half". If you have a Sams Store or equiv. in your area go to the section that sells restruant supplies. You buy this stuff in individual servings, a hundred costs $7.00. Throw them in a ziploc and you have cream you don't need to put in the "fridge".

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Old January 1st, 2005, 02:12 AM
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Mike you are a genius!! Thanks
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Old January 3rd, 2005, 06:40 AM
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cream you can keep warm? never heard of that, gotta find it, I bet you can threw some in the ice bucket if you like it cold and put in your own coffee, what a great idea.
we just came off the Triumph and the coffee was great while we have sailed celebrity rccl & princess and remember the coffee being terrible, except the ones you pay extra for.
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Old January 3rd, 2005, 09:52 PM
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You can get real brewed coffee in any of the bars - Atrium, Patisserie, casino bar etc. No charge. But please be a sport and tip the waiter a buck - he doesn't make any money on serving you free coffee.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 11:32 AM
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You can get 4-cup coffee packs (rather than loose coffee) to put in the filter basket; lots of hotels use them. They would be very convenient to carry along & use. Happy cruising!
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