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Old November 18th, 2005, 08:42 AM
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OK, here is a question from a first timer . I have read that there are certain standards as to how much you tip each person, waiter, assistant waiter etc. What I would like to know is this: How many different people/postions are we supposed to tip and how often? I can understand the restaurant staff, but do you tip per meal, or just one large tip per day per person? I read $3.50 per day for waiter, ($3.50 for each meal?) If I understand it correctly you tip the Head waiter, waiter, asst. waiter for sure. But who else could/should be tipped? Who am I missing so that I can be prepared for the costs? And if you put this all on your seapass card, do they give you an invoice, for example, for the tipping based on each individual person you are tipping? Never having sailed before I am not sure what to expect or prepare for.

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This is from RCL's brochure:

Dining room waiter: $3.50 a day per guest
Stateroom attendant: $3.50 a day per quest
Assistant waiter: $2.00 a day per guest
Head waiter: $0.75 a day per guest

So for a week's cruise you would tip $68.25 minimum per quest.
I've not added mine to my card, so I do not know how it shows up for sure. But, I would imagine it shows as a lump sum and not broken out by who gets this tip. I hope this helps.
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If you pay with your "sea" card you will get vouchers to give out on the last night of the trip and the amounts on your bill are broken out by the day.. My advice , is to "pay" your tips with your "sea" card.. It's a lot easer to do.. OM
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Ok the voucher idea works for me. However some of the other posts mention that some people tip room service, the people who clean your room, etc, etc. Are those people also set via the voucher system too, or do you deal with them on an idividual daily basis? Are there any suggestions on how much any of these people would/should be tipped?

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Jane - the person that takes care of your stateroom is your room steward and they are covered by your "voucher system". Room service - the standard tip is a dollar or two depending on the size of your order - cash to the person who delivers it to your room - they are not covered with the others.

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Thanks to all, your info does help. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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I too am a first timer, and have a question along these lines, which I'm sure you've had a million times by now. If you don't end up eating in the dining room or your whole party doesn't eat there (kids) do you still tip for each day/person? Do you know what I'm getting at? Thanks
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I too am a first timer, and have a question along these lines, which I'm sure you've had a million times by now. If you don't end up eating in the dining room or your whole party doesn't eat there (kids) do you still tip for each day/person? Do you know what I'm getting at? Thanks
Yes you do, because unless you are not eating on the ship at all the same people are serving in every venue on the ship, they alternate covering the buffets etc. they work very long days. Think of it these ships are serving food from early morning to late at night if not all night. The wait staff covers all of these areas.
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Thanks, I really didn't want to have to keep track, to much work for a vacation
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Jane,
Here is the Cruise tip Calculator you can use to figure who's get what.
Choose your Cruise Line and how many people are sailing. The tipping $ will display automatically.

http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/
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Thanks that is a handy site.

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