I'm wondering about tipping. I recently just paid for it all so it's all paid for. Will the people who serve me know that, i think if they don't i'd feel really stupid not tipping them. Just wondering if they'll know it's already paid for? Thanks
Tipping isn't done until the last night anyway. And everyone has the option of having it added to their sail & sign card so not everyone gives an envelope to their waiter, room steward, etc. One thing you can do, is if you have extraordinary service, reward them at the end of the cruise with a little something extra. They all work very hard to take very good care of us and cater to us on our cruises.
Fortunately, I have not had any problems with any of the crew so far on 5 cruises. Hope it continues this way!
NCL Dawn (Repo 14 nite) 11-1-09
RCCL Mariner of the Sea (Mexican Riviera) 4-18-10
I'm confused by what you mean it is all paid for? Usually, if tips are prepaid it is on your shipboard account. Have they changed that so tips can be paid ahead of boarding. If so, what line are you going on?
I have never seen any way to tip in the Windjammer. Except for the guy or girl that does your omlette, or carves your ham/roast beef, or serves you coffee, it's all self service. I guess you could leave something on your table when you leave, but there's no guarantee that it would be shared among the rest of the staff. It's a very good question, although I've never given tipping in the Windjammer a thought before you asked the question. Now you're making me feel guilty.......
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2016
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2017
I just "pre-paid" my tips today on my June 26th cruise. I'm sailing RCCL and they said that I will receive vouchers to place in the tip envelopes. I always tip more than the recommended amout (that's because I have always received excellent service) so I plan on bringing a little extra cash to put in the envelopes with the vouchers. My reason for pre-paying is not having to fool with "extra" cash and or traveler's checks. Besides, by paying before going I won't have to pay the credit card bill when I get home. I also contacted RCCL Special Occations Dept. and gave myself a gift of $500 onboard credit. I have done that over a period of 10 months. I think it's an awesome way to budget for my cruise. With both the tips and the onboard account set up, all I have to do is show up and have a great time!