I am a first time cruiser - March 11-17 on Explorer of
the Seas. I know you tip waiter, room steward,etc. at the
end of the trip, but how? Do you get an envelope & hand it to them the last night? What about waiters in the other restaurants, bars, poolside,etc.? regular 15-20% at the time of service?
Some cruise lines are letting you put the tip on your bill and give you a voucher. I do not know if they do this on the Explorer of the Seas. You can tell them not to do this. Most still put envelopes in your room the last day and you put what you want in the envelopes and present it to the proper person. A 15% tip is automatically added to your bill for bar drinks and such and they pay them out to the wait staff. You can also change this amount if you want. Hope this helps some.