Being from the UK i find the whole concept of tipping truly off putting. Surely when u pay for your cruise that should include service, as this is a fundamental part of the cruise. I am cruising with celebrity and am undecided as to whether i will tip as much as the recommended amount- it completely goes against what i am used to. I certainly would tip for exceptional service, but find it offensive to be told exactly how much i am expected to tip.
Just keep in mind when figureing out tips, that these "service" workers make majority of their earnings from the tips, the cruiselines pay them next to nothing. I think that helps keep the actual cruise price down, but then we have to make up the difference. If you have any idea how hard these people work to make your cruise enjoyable, you'll certainly feel it necessary to tip at least the recommended amounts.
Exactly, lougee. I thought the practice in Egypt of paying for TP (even if you bring your own <g>) was a bit strange, but there I was paying some random man or women a pound or so each time I went to the bathroom.
Being from the U.K., you should be surpeised to learn that this strange system of forcing passengers to directly pay the salaries for the service staff started with British Trans-Atlantic ships during the past 150 years.
The International Cruise Lines adopted this British idea when they copied many of the Transatlantic Traditions on their more localized cruises.
Go Holland America. They automatically add 10 dollars a day to your shipboard account to cover tipping for room service and dining. Any drinks charged to your shipboard account will have 15% automatically added. Additional cash tips are never expected. You might want to have a little extra cash to give certain people. I tipped the wine stewart for my dining table the first night, I never again waited any length of time for my beverage of choice or a refill. The entire ship staff couldn't have been any nicer.