Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Princess Cruise Lines
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 13th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: new jersey
Posts: 11
Default tipping bartenders

Can anyone tell us from cruising on Carribean Princess--is the gratuity for bartenders added to your bill automatically? We've heard different things about tipping bartenders. Also, if you want to distribute the gratuity yourself to the people with whom you have contact, is there a customary amount per day? For example, your cabin steward---tip each day or at the end of the cruise. Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 13th, 2009, 04:13 PM
Irish Shark's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,592
Default

15% is automatically added to all drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol).

The tips for the cabin steward and food service folks are included in the auto tipping. If you want to give more to a person, put it in an envelop and give it to them.

If you prefer to tip yourself, you can stop the auto tipping.
__________________



SS Norway (12 times) '85 - '97; Radiance OS 06/01; Island Princess 11/04, Grand Princess 11/04/05, Golden Princess 7/21/06, Golden Princess 2/24/07, Explorer of the Seas 12/23/07, Island Princess 11/15/08
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 13th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,931
Default

The tips for the bartenders are on the receipt you sign but there is a place to add more if you want. If you want to tip everyone personally, you would have to go to the Customer Service desk and ask to have the auto tips taken off, get envelopes and they are usually passed out the last night of the cruise, no need to tip daily.
__________________
CU@C,
Teresa and Larry


#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
Retirement Celebration

#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean

#38-Celebrity Solstice 4/8/13
17 night Tahiti -- Sydney-Honolulu
40th Anniversary Celebration

270 days at see; soon to be 302
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 14th, 2009, 10:40 AM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 37
Default

Yes they're included, but if you like a certain bartender or see him/her daily etc. you can hand them extra at the end of the trip or any time you choose.

My DH gets a coffee card which has a tip included. He goes to the coffee bar several times a day, and since he usually gets great service he gives them extra tips on the last day.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 14th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 323
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by huebie
Yes they're included, but if you like a certain bartender or see him/her daily etc. you can hand them extra at the end of the trip or any time you choose.

My DH gets a coffee card which has a tip included. He goes to the coffee bar several times a day, and since he usually gets great service he gives them extra tips on the last day.
If you tip in addition to the 15% for the bartender you will notice your drinks get a LOT stronger
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 14th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 29
Send a message via Yahoo to oldmum45
Default

Family and I did a 25 day cruise on the Diamond Princess in Jan09 and we found that even though the wait staff add to the alcohol drinks tab a 15% tip, that if you have the soda card - service was poor to say the least

we didnt realise till about day 20 that it was because they saw no tips from this so started giving tips to ALL staff and service turned around remarkably!!

The service is great on the ship - but it seems as times are getting tougher and travelling is curtailing..that the service is slipping.

mum
__________________



Read and post cruise reviews

Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 16th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 1
Send a message via AIM to shipsider
Default

There is a automatic gratuity added to your bill daily for many of the service people, but not bar tenders. You may find that there is an automatic tip added to your beverage bill so check for that before you sign.

I would suggest that you go to the front desk and ask specifically who is in included in the billed gratuity so you know what to expect. We often give and additional tip to our room steward if he/she has done an excellent job.

Have fun!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 16th, 2009, 06:53 PM
CruzNut's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Tampa Bay area
Posts: 2,011
Default

Don't be misled by the last poster, there is ALWAYS a 15% tip added to your beverage bill - they may not write it in but it will definitely show up on your bill when you check your statement.

In fact, on the last day I once bought a cute plastic glass that lit up ... and they charged 15% for the EMPTY glass!!!
__________________

I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 25th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Triton's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: SFO - Bay Area
Posts: 586
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CruzNut
Don't be misled by the last poster, there is ALWAYS a 15% tip added to your beverage bill - they may not write it in but it will definitely show up on your bill when you check your statement.

In fact, on the last day I once bought a cute plastic glass that lit up ... and they charged 15% for the EMPTY glass!!!
Wow, they charged a gratuity for the glass? Yikes....Yes, there is always a 15% gratuity. Sometimes, if we're in the theater and order a drink before / during the show, and the service is exceptionally good, we will tip over and above the 15%.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
advice, automatic, bartender, bartenders, carnival, cruise, cruises, stop, tip, tipping

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tipping Bartenders? doberlady Tipping 1 May 1st, 2003 07:48 AM
Tipping osky Ask CruiseMates Staff 2 February 4th, 2003 10:40 AM
Tipping on top of Tipping CruisinDenise Tipping 2 October 14th, 2002 01:11 AM
Tipping Old Way under Auto Tipping System Sophia Tipping 2 December 2nd, 2001 08:31 PM
Tipping under Practical Advice - Tipping addicted2cruising Carnival Cruise Lines 0 January 17th, 2001 09:47 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:46 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1