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Old June 8th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I am not prepared to tip any staff, after all I do pay for the cruise it's not like it's free and I have to work hard all year to pay for it. How do I get out of tipping?
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Go to the Perser's Desk and ask that the automatic tips be removed. They will do so and notify the crew (cabin stewart and wait staff) that you did so.

Enjoy your your tipless cruise.
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Old June 8th, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Most of the cruise lines pay the waiters and stewards only $50 per month, and they work 10 or more hours per day, seven days per week. That is like being paid sixteen cents per hour.

I have always (22 cruises) received fantastic service, and I would not think of not tipping these hard working people. You can argue that the cruise lines should pay them much better, but the fact is that they do not.

I realize that tipping has gotten out of hand in some situations in the US and that the idea of tipping is foreign to many Europeans, but on cruises I would never even think of not tipping. The $10 a day the cruise lines recommend is really less than the cost of two drinks.
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Don't you tip waiter if you go out to eat? Same concept. The Dinner is paid for, but if you get good service, you tip. I have never gotten bad service and most of the time, excellent service!
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If you are not prepared to pay for tipping or chose not to I would suggest you do not go. You stated that you work hard all week. Suppose the person whom you are woking for decided that they did not want to pay you. Would you be happy with that. Yes you do pay for the cruise but you are paying for your food, entertainment, fuel, beverages, and much more. Let me tell you I would now want to do the work they do for a small tip of $10.00 to be shared between 4 people. Of course tipping is always an option but get real, they are at your becon call. Without them your trip would be horrible. When I am on vacation I want someone to clean my room and make my bed. This is utterly rude not to. Sorry
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If you don't want to tip don't go on a cruise and find another vacation spot. They work so hard and sometimes have to deal with difficult people but they still have a smile on their face. I always tip by the book and plus extra extra extra extra.

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A tipless cruise ? Agree to spend your nights on the same unmade bed and unclean cabin and bathroom. Do not order any adult beverages. Eat only at the buffet. Use the same set of towels for the entire cruise. Do not partake of any of the entertainment. Do not go on any excursions. Sounds like fun. You are not required to tip as a condition of being a passenger, but then . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Old June 8th, 2007, 08:29 PM
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Old June 8th, 2007, 08:38 PM
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How can you be so mean by not tipping. These people work so hard and most of them will go out of their way to make your vacation a great one. I always tip my cabin steward extra because they really know your routine and will be very helpfull throughout the week. Bob
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Frankly, I wouldn't go if I couldn't afford the tips, its part of the cost of cruising. Like a previous poster asked, wouldn't you tip a waiter if you went out to a restaurant or a hair dresser if you had your hair done?? Its the same thing, they basically live off their tips.

Its also spelled out completely in every cruise brochure. As you will see, its a small price to pay for the service you'll receive.

I'd reconsider taking a cruise all together if you are going and NOT tipping.
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I think it is very rude and very inconsiderate of you not to tip the people who are busting their butts to make your cruise as enjoyable as they possibly can. You said "you work very hard all year to pay for your cruise" well the staff on these cruise ships work hard everyday for $50 a month. I'm sure you make more then that in a day if not a couple of hours. If you really feel you should not or don't want to tip then you should really reconsider going on the cruise. I have only been on one cruise but I would feel lousy if I had someone waiting on me hand and foot I didn't show my appreciation by tipping them. This is just my opinion.
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Daisy -- Clearly you have not cruised before and that's okay - - we were all "newbies" at one time or another.

Please reconsider your thought to not tipping the cruise staff. I echo what everyone else have said. Tipping on cruises is as correct and appropriate as tipping in restaurants. Budget for the amount of $10.00 and be a grown-up - - that's the way it's done on cruises.

Enjoy your cruise - - but please do not go if you cannot afford the most basic of tips. It's very unfair to the crew who will work unceassingly to assure you have a good time.
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I am not prepared to tip any staff, after all I do pay for the cruise it's not like it's free and I have to work hard all year to pay for it. How do I get out of tipping?
If you did not have to tip on your earlier cruises with Thomson and NCL, I suggest you sail with them again
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I would like to add my 2 cents worth. As a Canadian, it is not mandatory to tip when eating out in Canada, but suggested if you receive great service. When I get the service, I tip, if the service is lousy I do not.
On my last cruise my main waiter in the dining room was lousy! He rushed us through dinner, forgot our orders, pushed the dessert menu at us while we still eating, etc etc. I was not at all satisfied with his service...so did not tip him. The envelopes that RCL leaves in the room to put tips in, I didn't put anything in his. I did leave comments about him on the last day at the pursers desk.. I don't think it leaves the right impression to him if we all just bend over and dutifully tip him because we are expected to, he needs to earn it by giving proper service. I did talk to the maitre 'de ( on the 3rd night) and she said she would talk to him, he improved the next night but was back to being rushed through everything the remainder of the cruise. Now, if I want to be rushed I will go out for fast food, but I like to savour my dining experience, eat slowly to enjoy it and order dessert and drinks AFTER I eat,not be asked to look at dessert menus while I am still chewing... and he ruined all of that for our group.

I will feel no shame in not tipping certain individuals again if warranted.

I gladly tipped my room steward, and even extra...he was GREAT! I loved seeing the smile on my room stewards face when I gave him the whole tip plus extra, in cash, personally to him. He deserved every dollar, he worked very hard for it.

The others ( assistant waiter and maitre' de received theirs too, in the envelopes) and of course the bar staff got their share
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I wholeheartedly agree with you Daisy. Why should you pay for something you might not have had, good service? Has everyone who has ever been on a cruise had good service? I do know of people, not many I grant you, who have been on a cruise and have had very shabby service.

I have been to America many times on holiday and the tipping craze has gone completely off the scale. It is no longer an appreciation of the service you have received it is mandatory and that can't be right.

If at the end of my cruise I feel I have had good service then I will leave a tip for my stateroom steward and my waiter. But why should I leave a tip for anyone else, I may not even get to see them.

As for some of the replies to your original post I think they in themselves are bordering on rudeness.

Enjoy your cruise and if you want to tip then do so, if not then don't, certainly don't pay them up front.
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I have been to America many times on holiday and the tipping craze has gone completely off the scale. It is no longer an appreciation of the service you have received it is mandatory and that can't be right.
I don't see what's "not right" about it. As long as it's well understood that tipping is expected where's the injustice? No one has suggested that poor service deserves a full tip (or any, depending on how poor it is). But people should be paid for their efforts. At least under the current system, the thought is that you'll get better service if part of the pay is variable based on the service- so, theoretically, a tipping system results in better service than if the price of the cruise were increased by $10 per day and tipping weren't allowed. But you'd need to be paying more in that case, for possibly worse service. How is that "more right"?

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If at the end of my cruise I feel I have had good service then I will leave a tip for my stateroom steward and my waiter.
Review the original post. It wasn't against tipping for good service, it's against tipping at all, no matter how good the service. To me, that's "stealing" - getting a service and not paying for it.

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Enjoy your cruise and if you want to tip then do so, if not then don't, certainly don't pay them up front.
If you're advising her not to pay up front, I assume that's because you don't think they'll work as hard without the motivation of a tip- which seems to prove the idea that tipping is indeed a motivator for the workers- and by not tipping, you're leading them on to believe that they will be rewarded, but then not carrying through.
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I have been to America many times on holiday and the tipping craze has gone completely off the scale. It is no longer an appreciation of the service you have received it is mandatory and that can't be right.
On my visits to the UK, the Brits had their hand out at every turn of the corner. Not much different than in the States.

They all want a tip, but won't tip when the shoe is on the other foot.
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I've just booked my first Carribean cruise on Mariner of the Seas and I am soooooooo excited! I've done lots of cruises on the Med where the tips are included in the price. Obviously we always give extra to our cabin steward and waiter on the last night and room service as we go along but we've never come across this 'pre-pay tips in advance' before. I really want to do the right thing and am conscious that I will be in a different culture from my own so could someone please help me?

1. Do you tip on top of the pre-pay?
2. If so, how much and to whom?
3. Also what does DH stand for?

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Its totally up to you if you should feel the need to tip above and beyond what your already prepaid for. If you get really extra special service from either a waiter or asst. waiter and or even your cabin attandant, then go ahead and give them a little something extra at the end of the cruise, the amount is up to you.

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I have no issue tipping when we go on our cruise. I am hearing it's $10. What is the $10----per day or per person per whatever they do for you? $10 a day is more than accceptable to me, however, if we order room service once a day, request additional towels and say need one other 'service'...is that an expected $30 in tips? If so, that will add up fast. Thanks for anyone who can clarify for this newbie who is planning a first cruise w/a 1 year old, 3 year old & 14 year old---and most likely going to require a few 'services' that require tips....THANKS!
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Don't go!!!!!! Stay home and cut the grass!!!!!!!!

We all work hard for our money and tipping is just a part of life.
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Not sure if some are just on here just starting trouble by saying not to tip.

That said, remember a big reason the cruise lines are able to offer the average person a very quality vacation at a reasonable price is because they don't pay staff much at all. It is left to us to tip, so I say do so generously. It's a small price to pay for what most still agree is a great value vacation wise (cruising). If everyone quit tipping, can you imagine what it would cost to cruise?...The cruise companies would just pass the cost of having to dramatically increase their employee's salaries on to us.

My other pet peeve are the cheapskates who have to sneak their own alcohol on board. They have a thousand ways of justifying it, but your not supposed to do it in the first place. Again, all it does is just make the prices of drinks more for everyone and I've seen several posts on how they've gone up recently..Gee, wonder why since more people are sneaking their own on board. Eventually, all the little cheapskate tricks will just drive up the cost of cruising more.

Agree w/ Cathy...If one is too cheap & classless to tip or have to BYOB, stay home!
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Thanks r2b,

I could not have expressed it better.

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Again, all it does is just make the prices of drinks more

I wonder how it is that a bottle of duty free booze onboard can cost only 9 dollars, yet they can *justify* charging 9 dollars for each drink served out of it?

I will continue to bring my own booze on. I usually have one or two cocktails in my room then go and spend another $100 per night (with my hubby) drinking and enjoying the cruise.
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Yeah, you really should do whatever you feel like doing. I'm sure the posted rules were meant for everyone but you.

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Carla to answer your question. The $10.00 is what each passenger pays per day in tips the $10.00 covers your room steward, waitstaff, and headwaiter.
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