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hb mom May 23rd, 2003 03:58 PM

up front tipping vs. prepaid account
 
So. Let me get this straight. I'm sailing on RCI and want to tip my old fashioned way -in cash for good service. So must I cancel the auto tips on the very first day of sailing or at the end of the cruise? Is this day by day ? I've always tipped up front for good service. I would hate to think that the stewards would deny me towel animals simply for not participating in a prepaid plan. I've been on too many cruises where the staff was apathetic. Except for the childrens staff. They are usually wonderful.

helicopter2213 May 23rd, 2003 06:48 PM

Re: up front tipping vs. prepaid account
 
My understanding is that RCL does not do auto tipping.

Tinker May 28th, 2003 12:24 PM

Re: up front tipping vs. prepaid account
 

I HATE TIPPING PERIOD. WHO THE HELL THOUGHT OF THIS CULTURE. PEOPLE
GET PAID TO DO A SERVCIE, AND TIPPING IS ALWAYS THE DISCRETION OF THE
PAYEE, AND NEVER SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED OR MANDATORY.

Donna May 28th, 2003 03:28 PM

Re: Re: up front tipping vs. prepaid account
 
Hi Hb Mom,
OUr last cruise a few month ago on Royal Caribbean's Radiance, we tipped the traditional way, there was no pre-paid tipping, so plan on tipping that way. I actually was not crazy about the idea on another cruise, but it was rather nice not having to bring the extra cash and tip, I knew it was already taken care of and I could add to that if I wished, so its not really a bad thing either.


SRobinM June 1st, 2003 03:36 PM

Re: Re: Re: up front tipping vs. prepaid account
 
But watchout. I was reading on the Beverage info on the FYI section of RCI's website that the Cocktail Card includes a "15% Service Charge"...that sure does sound like included gratuity. And if you have them open a bottle of wine or champagne that you bring on the boat there is an $8 "corking fee". That also sounds like gratuity to me. I don't think I'll have any quams about asking when I request special services if it includes a service fee.


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