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.
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.
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.