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Old July 23rd, 2003, 09:43 AM
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Hi -
Feeling like a newbie here as we prepare to sail the Rhapsody out of Galveston on 8/17! First time on RCCL, widowed mom of 2. Last summer we were n the Fantasy 4 days - I did auto tip - already in place - then added cash envelopes as I saw fit at the end of the cruise..
Anyway - here are my questions -
Does RCCL auto-tip now or do you request it at embarkation when you do all the docs? Will they be applying same tip rate for each kid the same as adult? I understand that auto tips can be changed or removed at the purser's office. I would not be doing that - but I just spoke w/ my friend who is sailing w/ us - in 2 other cabins - and she was horrified with the idea of adding $XX for the week fi\or each of her kids. She's a first-timer - I am trying to get across the appropriate tipping concepts - but have no control, of course - I am hoping she will WANT to be generous after a few days.
On previous cruises with only my son - at sea since 3 y/o - lucky boy - I think my husband and I tipped full + for each of us, then 1/2 for Evan - tho we generously tipped the Kid's Staff members. As he got older - and now there is the 7 y/o - I would tend to tip more as they are making mess at "full rate"!!!
I have read and reread the boards and I am really such a traditionalist as per tipping - I enjoy chatting with crewmembers and have only once thought someone deserved LESS of a tip for an inadequate job. I don't "get" the non-tippers resentful feelings - but - to each his own -

Thank you! You guys have been helpful in the past and I appreciate input from those more "seasoned" than I.
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Old July 29th, 2003, 05:25 PM
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Hi Cruisin,
On our last cruise, Radiance this past Feb. they didn't have auto tipping, so just bring enough cash to take care of it.

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Old July 31st, 2003, 09:43 AM
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I think you CAN auto tip, but it is not mandatory.

Tip the same for kids and and adults. Kids can mean just as much, if not more, work for the servers who are eager to please EVERYONE.

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