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Old April 16th, 2003, 04:56 PM
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I keep hearing about this. How does it work? Do they ask you when you embark which way you want to do it or is it automatically added to your S&S card? I understand you are given the opportunity to adjust it. When? Do they slip the bill under your door on the last night and you adjust it and leave it in the room or what? I'm curious because I have booked a cruise for August.
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Old April 16th, 2003, 06:28 PM
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More questions....
Does auto-tip mean that crew members are not allowed to accept tips personally? Can I give my tip directly to my waiter or steward and delete the full amount from the S&S card?
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Old April 16th, 2003, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: auto-tip on carnival

The tips are automatically billed to your "sail & sign" account, they don't ask you. If you prefer to remove them, and tip in the traditional manner, you have to actively go to the Guest Relations Desk and tell them you'd like to remove or adjust them.

The staff are allowed to accept any gratuity handed to them directly, whether in place of or in addition to the auto tip.

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MORE questions. ;-)
I keep hearing that... All... tips are pooled. Does ANY one know for sure?? If so, it doesn't make any sense to slip a little something extra to a fav. waiter or server, if they have to give it away...IMHO. Please enlighten me.
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Old June 6th, 2003, 08:08 PM
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Default Re: Re: auto-tip on carnival

I have read lots of info on this subject (I need to as we don't tip in Australia) and from what people are saying all monies, whether you pay cash direct or auto account, it is all divided up according to a set of rules (usely by the Maitre'D) and distributed according to who does what on the ship. If you have the auto tipping and you want to give something extra to a person who is outstanding in their job that money still goes (supposedly) into the same pool of money at the end of the cruise. So in reality you are just paying extra to all staff. On the other hand if you get poor service don't just not tip them, let someone know about it ie. the Maitre'D!

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Old July 31st, 2003, 01:07 AM
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Will the staff know before hand who is using the auto tipping and who is not. I don't want to appear to be a non tipper on the last night of the cruise by not handing out envelopes.

We went on our very first cruise last year and handed out envelopes on the last night as customary. We gave the recommended amounts but were very generous with a few of the envelopes giving much more than the required amounts because we wanted to reward a few of the people who went above and beyond. We had no idea the tips were pooled until now. So I have a few questions, hopefully someone might be able to answer...

If the tips are pooled, did the people we actually hand the envelopes to get to open them. We had included short thank you notes and special wishes in some of them.

If we auto tip but still hand them something extra on the last night, will they get to keep that tip or is that to be pooled also?

Just wondering for next time.

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