Cruises Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 http://topenhancementproducts.com/blackcore-edge-max-fake-scam
  2. 2 What to pack South America
  3. 3 Shore Excursions in Juneau
  4. 4 Trip Report SICKNESS ON VIKING!
  5. 5 Best Luxury Cruise to Greek Islands?
  6. 6 Booking directly with cruise line or through an agency?
  7. 7 Cruisewear on Princess
  8. 8 Cruise parking, Fort Lauderdale
  9. 9 Cruise facts
  10. 10 Trip Report Santiago to Buenos Aires on the Sun in March 2016.
  11. 11 Need tour help for Diamond Princess roundtrip from Singapore itinerary
  12. 12 Antarctica-Expedition-Feb.2017-By OneOcean-
  13. 13 Quiet in the Forum
  14. 14 Trip Report Trip report. Our cruise on the Diamond Princess with a stay in Tokyo
  15. 15 Trip Report Viking handles Elbe low water badly
  16. 16 What is "roll call" on Cruise Critic?
  17. 17 Anyone had problems with Affordable Tours?
  18. 18 What to wear onboard Zaandam from Santiago to Buenos Aires.
  19. 19 Royal Princess 21 Days western Mediterranean and Greek Isles
  20. 20 Would you live on a cruise ship year round?
  21. 21 inoculations
  22. 22 St Petersburg & Scandinavian Gems
  23. 23 November Mediterranean Cruise
  24. 24 Scenic River Cruise USA Pricing Discrimination
  25. 25 Viking River Cruise Accident, Two Crew Killed
View next 25 » Back to the top

Gratuities.

Jump to last reply

Tipping has become clumsy. We believe tips are gratis, that tipping is for above-expected service. I can think of only two cases when service on a ship wasn't above our expectations: in the dining room the entire 6 nights with Norwegian Cruise Line,and for 10 of 14 days in our stateroom on Royal Caribbean. We brought a good amount of cash and fancy envelopes for tips and took the tip charge off our account at some point in the cruise as usual. We prefer this traditional way of showing appreciation. It worked out well on 20 other cruises. We have since learned that tips are put in a pool and shared among the service crew, that on some ships lists are posted in service quarters with names of guests who removed their tips from their accounts. Now we leave the company recommended tips on our account and, if needed, go to the purser's desk to adjust the amounts up or down the night before the last day in fear of getting poor service. Has anyone had this same problem, and is there a better way to reward the best service?

12 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement