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Old July 21st, 2004, 08:04 AM
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Default Tipping truely a hidden Fee

I understand that the tipping is automatically put on you Sail and Sign card...

But truly to a new comer cruiser.. this would be a hidden cost.

I would just rather it be included in the price of the cruise....

I am surpised this pratice does not violate some sort of truth in advertising law...

Believe me $70 for a 7 night cruise is not going to break me. But any kind of guarnteed costs I would like to get paid before I cruise.

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Old July 21st, 2004, 09:33 AM
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Default Re: Tipping truely a hidden Fee

The autotipping is talked about in your ticket contract I'm sure, and there are two ways:
1) prepaid tipping, where you pay everything in advance with your ticket.
2) Autotipping, where it is charged to your Sail and Sign account, which you can adjust or remove at your discretion. I always keep the autotip then tip cash on top of that.

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Old July 21st, 2004, 11:43 AM
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Yes. There are no legal problems with either system. Both ways are perfectly legitimate and acceptable.
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Old July 28th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: Tipping truely a hidden Fee

It's written in plain English in the brochure and information that the lines send out.

It's not "hidden". In fact, no "hidden" costs exist on a cruise. The information exists, you must seek it out.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 10:25 PM
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Default Re: Tipping truely a hidden Fee

Sales taxes, excise taxes, luxury taxes are also hidden costs.
Have you written your congressman yet to have them refunded?

Tip are wages? Of course they are.
The IRS forces waiters to pay income taxes on tips.
If tips are not wages, they shouldn`t have to pay taxes, right?

Why not add the gratuities to the price of the cruise upfront?
For the same reasons that restaurants and taxi companies do not.
It makes the product appear more expensive - and removes the incentive for service staff to try to earn more money in tips by providing better service.

Another issue: If the service charge is added into the overall cruise price, the cruise line needs to pay a higher commission to the travel agent, forcing them to raise the price of the cruise even higher.
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Old August 18th, 2004, 09:06 AM
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Hotel taxes that's the one that gets me. You don't find out about it usually until your already at the hotel.

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