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Old June 30th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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Question: is the tip automatically added to the price of a cruising for those living in the UK? A freind just returned from cruise on Independence of the Seas, he said ship was 80% UK, 10% indian, 10% american. He told me that when he spoke to the bartenders throuout the ship, they said they were a little upset that they were not receiving any requests. Most of the UK passengers would come to bar and ask for glass of water, which there is no charge. I know americans do not have tips included in their basic charge, just wondering and would like to know.
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Old June 30th, 2008, 02:22 PM
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The tips for bar tenders are included in the price of the drinks. (15%) There tips do not come out of the daily, automatic gratuity.

The tips for cabin stewards, waiters, asst waiters, etc. are added to your onboard account. I imagine the bartender was not happy because the people were not ordering regular bar drinks, thus the bartenders weren't making any money.

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