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Old January 29th, 2003, 10:38 AM
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Default NCL - how to tip waiters with "freestyle dining"?

Hi - cruising on the NCL Sun in march and want to do this right. I'm a big believer in tipping where it counts, and intend to take the auto-tipping off of my bill and do this the right way. SO! Here's my question.

How to tip waiters with NCL's "freestyle cruising" concept? We'll probably want to try all the different restaurants so it's possible that we will never see the same waiter/busboy twice during the course of the week. So, the standard "3.50 to main waiter, $2.00 to junior waiter" rule doesn't apply here. How to handle this?

Secondly, have any of you ever drawn the room steward aside and said "this is just for you, don't share it"? If I want to give my steward a phenomenal tip, I want her to be able to enjoy it! S/he earned it!!!
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Old January 30th, 2003, 10:24 AM
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Default Re: NCL - how to tip waiters with "freestyle dining&quo

i use both automatic and traditional tipping methods. If i receive exceptional service, above and beyond the norm, i will tip extra, just for that person, no envelopes.
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Old April 15th, 2003, 05:00 PM
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Default Re: NCL - how to tip waiters with "freestyle dining&quo

Why are you making this so difficult?
We are not dancing bears that get a snack for doing tricks for you.
We are human beings.
The auto-tipping system works very well, thank you.
We pool all the tips anyway - regardless of how you deliver it or who you give it to.

Why don't you make it easy for everyone involved, enjoy your vacation, and feed the dolphins instead of the waiters?
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