As I first time cruiser (Mariner 9/19/04), I have a few questions about tipping. My husband and I are only planning on eating in the dining room probably 2-3 times. The rest of the time Chops, Windjammer, Jade, Johnny Rockets or room service. ( I don't like to dress up all the time and the formality and length of dinner, and having keep conversations going with 8 other strangers.) Do you tip at the alternative restaurants like Chops or Johnny Rockets? Do I still have to give the full amount to dining room waiter if we only go 2-3 times? What is the recommended amount?
What is the recommended amount for your room steward? Does giving your room steward money on the first day encourage him/her to give you better service? Does RCI do automatic tipping or do they give you envelopes? Thanks.