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momx4 March 15th, 2005 04:06 PM

Gratuities
 
I just prepaid the gratuities for our cruise. I am a bit confused now though.
For a party of 2 adults and 4 children. ( 1 owner's suite and 1 inside cabin)
Royal Caribbean charged me only $234.00 total.
I checked the cruise tip calculator and found I should have paid $292.50 total.
(Approx. $9.75 per person per day).
Did Royal Caribbean charge enough? They said that was it, but what exactly are they paying the staff I wonder? Seams wrong. There's at least a $60.00 difference!
I was now thinking I should tip up more to staff later in person. What do you think?

momx4 March 15th, 2005 04:54 PM

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I forgot to state this is for a 4 night cruise. Sorry.

jcj March 15th, 2005 05:00 PM

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Maybe kids are calculated differently in terms of tips??

hcat March 15th, 2005 05:53 PM

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Another tipping ques: If we are on a ten day trip & eat dinner in port once, 3 nights at either chops & Portofino & one night at the Seaview Cafe, what should we be expected to tip? That is 5 nights away from our assigned table...just not sure what to do--leaving Friday...

joano March 15th, 2005 06:30 PM

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Royal Caribbean charged you correctly. $9.75 per day per person (6 people) = 58.50 per day times 4 night cruise = $234.00. As far as eating at Portofino's or anywhere else - I don't know since we always ate in the dining room. sorry.

CA Cruiser March 15th, 2005 06:58 PM

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hcat, we always take our auto tips off and tip recommended amount per day times # of people times # of days dining in main dining room. Of course we tipped at the specialty places so we dont want to tip for two dining experiences. So in your case, $3.50/pp X 5 nights = $35 for 2/pp ---- Waiter
Did I figure it right?

Maybe on the last night when you hand it to them, say thank you for the 5 nights service so they remember.


luvs2cruz March 15th, 2005 07:37 PM

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I agree with the above. I would only tip based on 5 nights. I would definately say thank you for the nights we dined here. If you are not comfortable pointing this out, maybe write a little thank you on the tip envelop and mention that you even though you didn't dine everynight, you had a great time on the nights you were there?? Just a thought.

CA Cruiser March 15th, 2005 09:42 PM

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luvs2cruz, I like you little note better myself. That way you don't have to explain anything in front of anyone and with some language barriers it might get lost in translation. Great idea. We ALWAYS take all our tips off and tip the old fashion way, in cash. That way they get the money immediately and I have heard they really like this better.


momx4 March 16th, 2005 06:10 AM

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I guess it is right, my math was wrong. I thought I had to tip for 5 days, not just the 4 nights. At least I am glad that I didn't get overcharged. Thanks all.

butterfly March 16th, 2005 06:58 AM

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I would still tip your waiter for the full 7day cruise. If you choose to eat elsewhere he doesnt get a chance to fill your empty spot at his table. Which results in a loss of income to him. If he gave you good service I would tip him appropriately for the full seven day cruise. (IMHO)

TGT March 16th, 2005 07:52 AM

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How do you pretip? Its my first cruise and it would be nice to do this in advance.

BobBeaSea March 16th, 2005 07:54 AM

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To the OP, it looks like RCI did not charge you the suite rate for your owners stateroom which should be $5.75 per person per night (only for those actually staying in the Suite).
The made the same mistake with us on our recent cruise- I added the appropriate amount for the correction plus extra, we had a great attendant. For the others who are considering stiffing the waiters because they won't be in the dining room don't do it. Who do you think is looking after you in the alternative dining areas? The gratuities are not for dinner and dining room only, they are for all meals and venues. Gratuities are based on how many nights your cruise is, not days. Unless you plan to stiff the wait staff my advice is give the gratuity to your waiter and asst. waiter on the last night of the cruise whether you eat there or not. Your dining room assignment is on your Seapass.

Dave Pearce March 16th, 2005 08:11 AM

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I normally tip the wait staff for the full lenght of the cruise.

Now, how much would you suggest is the "right" amount to tip the wait staff at Portofino's or Chops Grill for the service there?


BobBeaSea March 16th, 2005 09:18 AM

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For Portofinos and Chops the gratuity is included in the $20.00 per person charge.
If you wish to give more that is at your discretion. We had great service and a great experience so we added $10.00 extra.

Amanda Holden March 16th, 2005 09:25 AM

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Can you tell me where to find the Gratuities Calculator?


Dave Pearce March 16th, 2005 09:34 AM

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Try this site.

http://members.aol.com/CruiseTip/


momx4 March 16th, 2005 11:14 AM

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I found the tip calculator on google, typed in cruise tip calculator.
As far as pre-paying for the tips, contact Royal Caribbean or which ever line your with and tell them you want to pre-pay for grauities. I just wanted it done and over with.
Now We only got to look out for the bar bill. I do intend to also "tip up" those whom really go above and beyond.

Durwin March 18th, 2005 12:55 PM

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momx4 - Ditto

I am just like you. I have my tips set aside and prepaid so that I too can deal with my bar bill, duty free shops and pictures. This way it frees your mind of the burden of remembering.


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