We will be on a 7-night cruise that spends four full days in ports. Most likely we will not have lunch or dinner on the ship on those days. Carnival will auto-tip to my bill for seven full days for each of us. Since we will be ashore for so many meals, are we still expected to tip the full amount for those days?
I am asking about the proper Protocol, if such a thing exists.
The proper thing to do is to tip as though you were eating in the dining room. Most of the time the ship leaves port around 4 p.m. so you will likely have dinner in the dining room on those port days. I advise you to have lunch in the dining room as well whenever you can, it is much more relaxing and better food than the buffet.
The ship will be in port until 10:00 pm one night and 11:00 the other three. In Aruba, we have already signed up for a tour that includes dinner and bar hopping. While in St. Thomas we are meeting friends who have the good fortune to live on St. John, and will be dining with them that night. I have no objection to tipping when I am aboard the ship, even if for only one meal. In this case it seems a little extravagant, since we will be on shore for four out of seven days and not even using any of the food services .
I am not sure who set the protcal. I do not tip a resturant if I don't eat there. However, I do tip more while having dinner in a Resturant. The sugested tip is so little anyway. So we usually tip it anyway.
Some one once posted this once before and I agree with it.
I will paraPhrase this
"While having dinner in the dinning room and the service is not to your expectations then say something about it. And when the Maitre de asks how is everything, be honest and say you are not happy."
That can be hard sometimes. It is very hard for me. But I feel better when I speak my mind.
You know what I am not sure why I added that but I always liked it.
Protocol is to tip for the days that you cruise, which is 7 in your case. I doubt you will have any days that you don't eat ANY meals onboard.
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Tipping...its not tipping anymore. Tipping was orginated to give to a person whos service you felt were above the norm. It appears that tipping is now expected, whether the service is good or bad. Everyone has a hand out....Give me, Give me, Give me, I dont get tips eveytime I do a good Job...
Anyway tipping should be at your discression. If the cruise lines don't pay their employees, they should make a big sign stating.....
"WE ARE CHEAP, SO PLEASE WORK HARD AND GIVE OUR EMPLOYEES YOU MONEY SO WE DONT HAVE TO".
Tipping should never never never be expected. It should be given if you feel the service you recieved was of satisfaction to you and your needs.
I tip all the time, but I will never tip if some tells me I have to. Earn it first !!!!!!
The tipping was automatically charged to our account, $10/day. It did seem like a small amount so we didn't adjust it. Although there were in fact 2 days that we did not have a single meal on the ship (unless you count self-service coffee as a meal). But the staff works hard and it seemed so petty to worry about such a small amount when we were just too busy having fun.