OK I do have to agree the 15% added to a bar drink that you get at the bar yourself( no waiter) is kind of sucky, but, what can you do? It's a good think we aren't huge drinkers so it doesn't affect us the way it would some.
Actually if I go to the bar and get a drink I usaully just leave " the change" . Most bartenders have a "change cup" near their station, and it is generally filled with coins. Of course bartenders get paid better then waitresses. On ships it seems we have to supplement ridiculusly low wages.
This 15% is a service charge and it is standard on mass market ships as well as most land based resorts throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. All- Inclusive resorts have factored this charge into the cost of your booking. I tis also standard at some resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
Bob, It is not "standard" in Canada, it may occur in a very few places, but, it is NOT standard. In fact it would be considered very unusaul, and most likely in only a very upscale resort, but then , in the nicer places here the staff is paid respectalbly.
I am aware of the tipping on ships, don't bother preaching to the converted, I just don't happen to think it makes sense in all cases. ( the 15% for opening a beer is one of them, especially when it is not even served to you by a waiter) .
Oursoonerfan, yeah I've heard your harp before. This is a gripe board, we don't all have to agree with you do we? We all know about more expensive lines, and we are not even travel agents. Amazing.
pg, I said it was standard at SOME resorts in Canada, which it is. In no way did I say it was standard for the country as a whole. That said, this 15% "service charge" is creeping into our society more and more each day. Do I like it? Absolutely not. I'm in agreement with you on this issue.
But.....we are talking about 15% of a $2.95-$6.95 drink? Right? Tip being somewhere between 44 cents and $1.00? I *get* the gripe in principal, but in reality that 44 cents-$1.00 doesn't mean a lot to me.
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Dorothy, I agree, it isn't the money, I just pay and shut up, but really it would be nice if the gratuity was reduced for self serve bar service. I realize that would be hard to do, so this is a go nowhere gripe, just a vent I suppose.
These 15% usually go to a pool and get distributed between the whole bar/wine stuff- including your tea-time server, deck steward, etc...usually are the main part of their earnings onboard( in addition to small salary). Just another way that the cruise lines use not to pay the servise personell itself.