The choice is yours. I believe all who work on the ship should receive a tip. They work long hours; some work more than one job; no days off; they always try and help guests onboard. If u want to prepay tips, so you won't have to worry about it later; that is a question only you can decide.
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We got the anytime dining, so our tips have to be paid with final payment. All that was left was a wait list for the late dinner, so I opted to give the anytime a try...Now, I don't have to worry about tipping, may-be just adding if necessary...
Just be sure to check if you have the anytime, then your tips were included in your cruise price..
Antonis, DW and I will be on that same sailing Oct. 23, 2011. We have already sailed on the Oasis OTS and we are very excited about being on the Allure. If the Allure is anything like the Oasis expect to have a wonderful time. The ship is beautiful. Plenty to do and see. As far as the gratuities, I always prepay ours. It's just easier for us that way. Hope to see you on board. Enjoy.
What dinning option do you currently have? I would think your travel agent could add it on to your resos...If you have one of the traditional dinning, then it would have to be added to your account..If you have the anytime, it is already in there, they don't give you a choice, you have to pre-pay the tips with that dinning option.