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Old August 17th, 2005, 02:11 PM
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Does anyone know if Carnival automatically charges tipping for a 2 year old in the room. We had to pay full price for port charges, etc. so I am wondering if we also have to pay tipping for a child.
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I would think that you would, but this would be a good question for your TA or carnival themselves.

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Old August 17th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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Looks like tipping starts at age 2 on CCL. This is from their website, under FAQ's at the bottom of the page:

Note: Guests under two years of age are not required to extend gratuities.
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I think you'll find too that the staff goes out of their way to make sure the kids enjoy the cruise, the extra work cleaning the cabin, etc....I think its fair to tip for any child over the age of 2, we've always tipped full when cruising with our kids..

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Actually cali, the statement is flawed, no one is required to extend gratuities, otherwise they are not gratuities.

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Soon don't be like these other cheapskates and just pay the tips.

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Old August 22nd, 2005, 04:56 PM
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Yes, there is a charge added for gratuities for a two year old. I took mine last year and there was a charge.
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They will automatically add full tips to your account for your 2 year old, however, you can always remove or reduce this. I usually tip the cabin steward a full tip for both of my children combined (1/2 tip each). Of course, I will add to that if he does something above and beyond duty, but for normal service, I feel that 1/2 is appropriate for 3rd and 4th person in a cabin.
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They will automatically add full tips to your account for your 2 year old, however, you can always remove or reduce this. I usually tip the cabin steward a full tip for both of my children combined (1/2 tip each). Of course, I will add to that if he does something above and beyond duty, but for normal service, I feel that 1/2 is appropriate for 3rd and 4th person in a cabin.

If you had four adults in the cabin (also paying 3rd and 4th rates), would you only tip 1/2 for each of them as well?
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If you had four adults in the cabin (also paying 3rd and 4th rates), would you only tip 1/2 for each of them as well?
Yes, I would (and if fact have) tip only 1/2 for adult 3rd and 4th passengers. Servicing 2 extra passengers is not nearly as much work as servicing an entire cabin. Really just 2 extra beds to makeup and a few more towels. Of course, if we required any additional services than we would tip accordingly, but for basic service, I think 1/2 is fair for 3rd and 4th passengers.
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Sorry but you should be paying full for everyone - the tips are not just for the room steward but for diningroom staff as well. The charge is per person in the cabin - four use more towels, need more beds made up etc. No way looking after four is easier than looking after two separate cabins - crowded conditions would be much harder to keep clean. IMHO

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I do tip the dining room staff for everyone on the cruises when we use the dining room (most cruises we just use the buffet). When we don't use the dining room I distribute those tips to the buffet staff who has worked hard to make our cruise special. I'm only talking about paying 1/2 on 3rd and 4th for the room steward. Replacing a couple more towels and making up two additional beds is not nearly as much work as a whole additional cabin with two floors to vacuum, two trash cans to empty, two showers to clean, etc. As for crowded conditions being harder to clean, we keep our room very neat and organized so that the room steward doesn't have to clean up after us personally. Being organized and neat is the only way to survive with 4 in such crowded conditions!

I would suggest to the OP to tip 1/2 for the child to the room steward, but definitely tip the full amount to the dining room staff if the child eats there.
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I always feel a tip should be more for a child. More work! Dont be cheap.
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WOW! Pay a $1,000.00 for a cruise and then complain about another $70.00. How much did you spend in the casino? How much did you waste buying junk to bring home? Pay the tip and go on down the road. It's a vacation. Spend a little, enjoy, be nice!
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WOW! Pay a $1,000.00 for a cruise and then complain about another $70.00. How much did you spend in the casino? How much did you waste buying junk to bring home? Pay the tip and go on down the road. It's a vacation. Spend a little, enjoy, be nice!
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$1000 for mom and dad +$140 tip
$500 for the 2 year old +$70 tip
+ port charges for 3...not 2
plus luggage tip for 3...not 2

2 year old eats 1/100th of what mom and dad eat.
Tips to the tour guids when they go on them...for 3 people X 3 tours ( some tours charge for the little one's to).

You are paying to bring your 2 year old on board as he/she is an adult already. By the time the trip is over you have tipped an extra $130- $150 for your 2 year old, thats a little much, IMO
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Leave the two year old at home.
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I guess I have the same feeling about this tipping for children. I have 4 children that will be on this cruise with us and I do all the work for them I probably won't make the beds but I will straighten them and I will make sure the room is picked up. I know that I have to tip and I do not mind that but I do not feel I should be told how much to tip actually when I get told I have to tip a certain amount it make me angry I tend to over tip when I am left to make my own decisions. That being said I will only be tipping half the amount for my kids as I will still be doing all the work and no one tips me!!! Just my opinion for what it is worth.

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I guess I have the same feeling about this tipping for children. I have 4 children that will be on this cruise with us and I do all the work for them I probably won't make the beds but I will straighten them and I will make sure the room is picked up. I know that I have to tip and I do not mind that but I do not feel I should be told how much to tip actually when I get told I have to tip a certain amount it make me angry I tend to over tip when I am left to make my own decisions. That being said I will only be tipping half the amount for my kids as I will still be doing all the work and no one tips me!!! Just my opinion for what it is worth.

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Hmmm - so, if you'll be cleaning the bathroom, changing the sheets and obtaining your own towels, I guess you really don't even need a room steward? Oh, and the waiters won't be serving your children either? Get over it - if you can afford to cruise, you can afford to tip - that's how these people make a living. Be cheap if you want, but don't hide behind the "no one tips me" baloney. I always leave my cabin very neat, but would never stiff the cabin steward because of that.
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and name calling is so very nice. I am not cheap but I don't like being told how much to pay for service. When I go to a restraunt they don't tell me that I HAVE to pay a certain amount I pay for the service that I receive and yes I actually get told all the time by people I am with that I over tip but it is MY choice. So please do not make the assumption that I am cheap. Oh and by the way I probably will be cleaning the bathroom and whatever else comes up with my children! Oh and here is my tip for you smile then people won't know you are an ass.

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Hi Misse,
I think its a little different in regards to tipping on a cruise compared to tipping at a restaurant. When you book your cruise, you get all the information stating what amounts are approperate tips for the various staff members that will be serving you, its in print in every cruiselines brochure, and should be considered a cost of cruising. These guidelines are pretty specific and if tipping on a cruise doesn't fit in to anyone's budget, then the cruise isn't the vacation for them.

I don't think anyone is calling you cheap, but when you are on a cruise you have a lot of service people making sure everything is right and they go out of their way to make sure things are what they are supposed to be. They truly deserve the tips they get, thats how they make their living, plus they work long hard hours and hardly get any time off.

When we cruised with our kids, regardless of age, we always tipped the regular amount for them, the staff work just as hard or even harder to make sure the trip is fun for them.
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My two little ones spent their every waking moment in camp carnival. they slept in the same bed and only ate in the dining area one night. I took 1/2 of their tip off and added it to what I was tipping camp carnival....I also tipped our room steward and wait staff a little extra...they probably would have ended up with the same if I would have just left it alone...and been cheaper for me, but this way I knew that the $70 went where I wanted it too.
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IMO if you dont want to pay the costs associated with bringing a child...be it 2 or 17, then dont bring the child. If you do bring it, however, dont screw over the staff that works very hard to make your cruise enjoyable just because you are a cheapskate.
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Does anyone know if Carnival automatically charges tipping for a 2 year old in the room. We had to pay full price for port charges, etc. so I am wondering if we also have to pay tipping for a child.
I don't think you should have to tip for children, and to the people who say you are a cheapskate and that you shouldn't take kids on the cruise, well what the hell do they no, we love our kids and wouldn't dream of having a holiday without them, why the hell should we tip the same amount as adults. bet them who are calling us cheapskates haven't got kids
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Does anyone know if Carnival automatically charges tipping for a 2 year old in the room. We had to pay full price for port charges, etc. so I am wondering if we also have to pay tipping for a child.
I don't think you should have to tip for children, and to the people who say you are a cheapskate and that you shouldn't take kids on the cruise, well what the hell do they no, we love our kids and wouldn't dream of having a holiday without them, why the hell should we tip the same amount as adults. bet them who are calling us cheapskates haven't got kids
Because they are also served by the staff as much as adults?
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Lindy,
The staff works IMO harder when serving and cleaning up after kids than the adults, so YES, they should get the same amount of tips or more.

Its printed on every cruise brochure as to what the tips are, so before booking, if you can't figure in the tips as part of the cruise cost, may-be another type of vacation is for those people.
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We have just scheduled our second ever cruise for 2/11/07. The first one was a gift to our entire extended family from my father. My account was quite high because I insisted on paying for all of his incidentals...plus, I like to play cards. I did not scrutinize my bill very closely.
I need just a little help in clarifying the tips. I am quite generous and enjoy being treated well. At the same time I don't want to be double tipping for the same service.
We have been advised that we are going to pay 10.00 per person per day.
Fair enough.
WHO does this compensate? Just the daily room cleaning? If so, that is OUTRAGEOUS! The house cleaning staff is paid a wage for cleaning up to ten rooms or more a day. If you do the math...2 people x 1 room x 10 rooms x 10 bucks = 200.00 a day in tips...where do I apply for that job?
I tip 2 or 3 bucks a day at a hotel.
This 20.00 dollars a day...does this cover room service?
Does every little service expect a tip?
Or only when we can add it to our account? (like when signing).
Is cash expected? What currency?
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Hi Dan,

Welcome to Cruisemates!

Your $10.00 pp/pd covers everyone (Room Steward, Waiters, Assistant Waiters, etc. ) except Room Service. Also, if you buy drinks (alcohol or sodas) there's a 15% tip automatically added.

The only person you need to tip in cash is the person who brings Room Service ($2.00-$5.00 depending on how much you order) or if you want to tip extra to your Room Steward or an exceptional Bar Tender, etc., at the end of your cruise.

US $$$ are the best tips. Don't try to be "interesting" by tipping in $2.00 bills or any other "weird" $ or very new bills!
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Fern,
Thanks for confirming what I assumed.
We plan on a LOT of room service! (no kids) and will make sure the staff is "eager".

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I took my 11 year-old daughter on her first cruise last summer. I have to admit, I went into the sailing with the same impression so many of you have........Why should I pay the full tipping amount for a child? I resented the fact that the tipping policy was dictated to us on how much we should tip. I had no intention of paying anything for my daughter.

Boy how my attitude changed once we were onboard. Not only does the staff go out of their way to make you feel like royalty but they shower children with extra attention, making them special desserts and dinner items that's weren't on the menu, etc. Plus the Caribbean Princess had a kids camp that did everything from art classes to ice cream eating contests. They won all sorts of prizes and souvenirs to take home. It was absolutely wonderful! Not only did we tip the requested $10 pp per day but we also tipped extra to the wait staff in the formal dining rooms and our room steward. Keep in mind, the $10 pp is divided among several staff members so not just one person is getting this money.

I could not walk away without tipping, especially knowing that the crew had gone above and beyond their jobs. I personally prefer to pay the gratuities up front. This way, I can concentrate on shopping and not worry about the tips being charged to my credit card. Carnival and RCCL allows you to prepay gratuities when booking the cruise. I hope this helps.
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