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Old October 13th, 2004, 09:36 AM
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Default Holland America new tipping policy - question

I have a question. I am going on an 8-day cruise on HAL in a few weeks and I got a letter saying that tipping of $10 per day would be added to our on-board account. Well, for my wife, parents and 3-year-old, that will be $400. The letter says that it can be adjusted on the last day. Interestingly it also says that any tips I would personally give to anyone, would have to turned in to be pooled with everyone. So I guess I cannot reward excellent service to any one individual deserving of it.

Has anyone adjusted the tip before the last day? I am afraid that I will forget to do this. Is it easy to do? Is there a long line?

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Old October 13th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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Mike, Its obvibus that you have not cruised much.. Pay the $10 per day.. Pay the $400.. Don't tip extra.. Don't stand in line.. There is no reason to stand in line and there is no reason to adjust at the end of the trip.. Don't adjust.. Just pay the $10 per day.. If you can not afford the $400 then don't go on the cruse..OM
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Old October 17th, 2004, 01:15 AM
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Default Re: Holland America new tipping policy - question

MikeMaria,

A slight clarification -- IF you adjust the auto-tipping, THEN any individual tips you might hand out have to be pooled. If you DON'T adjust the tipping, then any individual tips may be kept by the fortunate person.

I haven't been on a HAL cruise since the new tipping policy began, but I'll be going in a month. I'd promise to post any info about people removing the tips from their account, but with a long line of people at the Front Office, I wouldn't be able to determine who is there for that reason (some may just want to exchange currency, etc.). Unless service on HAL has changed significantly recently, I don't plan on removing the tips myself, and there is usually someone on the staff who does deserve more..

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Old October 20th, 2004, 01:15 AM
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Check HALS policy on the childs tips. Some cruiselines charge( yah whaever you want to call it , ) less tips for kids under a certain age.
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