Tip envelopes will be left in your cabin. You tip the dining room staff on the last night of the cruise, after your meal is usually appropriate. You can tip the cabin help that last evening or before exiting your cabin on the last morning. The cruise line has tip guidelines set up. Check their web site under common questions or FAQ. It is like $3.50 per day per person for dining room waiter. If you had great service, you can tip more. If you weren't happy, you can tip less. A tip, whether on land or sea, is based on quality of service.
First cruise, how exciting!!! Hope you're prepared to become quite addicted.
Most of the cruises I've been on recommend:
$3.50 per person for the Waiter in the dining room and your room steward.
$2.00 - $2.50 for your Ass't Waiter.
Although this is the recommended amount I have almost always found the service I received from these people to be above average and have added a little to these amounts. Guess I've been lucky and only have had bad service once and that time I think we had the absolute worst Ass't Waiter ever. Even then however we did meet the required minimum tip.
The one thing I found most annoying on HAL was that tips are not included in the price of the drinks in the different bars and we wound up carrying singles around with us to tip the waiters.
Hope you truly enjoy your cruise. Stop in chat sometime, we'd love to meet you, but be sure to let us know how your cruise went.
I WAS TOLD,WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIPS TAKEN DAILY FROM YOUR CREDIT CARD.THE SHIP TAKES A CUT AND THE BALANCE IS GIVING TO THE EMPLOYEES.I WAS TOLD BY MY NIECE THAT HAS BEEN ON OVER 30 CRUISES.MY CRUISE IS ON THE [GRAND PRINCESS] I WILL GIVE THE TIPS MYSELF,I THINK ITS THE RIGHT THING,THIS WAY I KNOW THEY GET IT.THANKS NORMA
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When you order a drink onboard, the total you will sign for will include the 15% tip, so no, you will not need any cash, its all in the price, just look over the receipt before you sign and you will see it.