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Old September 1st, 2004, 03:23 PM
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Default Tipping is a bargain compared to the alternative

I'm always bemused by the comments from those who suggest that cruise lines should pay their employees a fair wage, and eliminate the need to tip except for extraordinary service. Has anyone considered how much would be added to cruise fares if all cruise lines went to a wage-based system?

A typical Carnival or RC ship has a 2.5:1 passenger to crew ratio. If the average crew member was given a wage of $75 dollars per day, that would be equivalent to an hourly wage of $4.95 per hour, assuming 12 hour days 7 days per week with overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours.

The costs would be passed on to each passenger (the consumer always pays!) at the rate of $30 per day. That's $210 per person for a 7-day cruise, or $420 per couple. Kind of makes tipping look like quite a bargain, doesn't it?
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Old January 18th, 2005, 09:01 AM
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Default Re: Tipping is a bargain compared to the alternative

this is great
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Old January 28th, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Default Re: Tipping is a bargain compared to the alternative

Not quite what it seems.

You have to subtract the officers who are (well) salaried.

Also, subtract engine room crew and others who are not part of the 'tip share out'.

That could cut in half the number of crew included in the equation.

Seeing as they already suggest $15 a day - then it would probably be an extra $5 a day.

Considering what I spend per week on tipping for drinks etc where a 15% gratuity is added - I'e be MUCH better off (and they worse) under the 'included in the price' idea.

Any wonder they don't include it?
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