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Mar 28th, 2002, 10:39 AM
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Uh Herb you still had tp pay for: tips, booze, beer, and other various things. You just didn't charge it to your room. That doesn't mean you didn't pay for it.

No different then sex. One way or another you pay for it.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 06:29 PM
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Yes, but not at the ship's inflated charges. Sorry my point was not clear. And if I were at home, I would be buying most of the same stuff.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 07:51 PM
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My mother-in-law treated my husband, myself and our two teenagers (she was onboard as well, along with several other family members and friends) to an Alaskan cruise last summer right after my husband had been laid off. She, however, did not spring for the onboard expenses and we still had the best time! We did guidebook or park service walking tours in all the ports, limited our shopping to allowing our kids to buy their friends a few inexpensive souvenirs, chose not to gamble or use the spa and bought our soda in port. Other than tips, our onboard charges were -0- and our portside charges were minimal- $6.00 to check e-mail in Ketchikan (necessary when in the middle of a job search), $7.00 for soda, $4.00 each for the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, and about $30.00 for souvenirs. You don't have to buy over-priced spa services, questionable art, or spend thousands on jewelry to have a wonderful vacation. The ship itself is a great vacation.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 11:06 PM
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FYI: None of the staff, on any cruise line, holds out their hands for tips.

Paul
 
Mar 30th, 2002, 07:01 AM
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Paul:

I posted about the "hands out" for tips relating to the cut rate cruises--- especially CCL.

We normally cruise Radisson with it's no tipping policy. Since we live in South Florida, we have the chances for "spur of the moment deals". Rest assured that the cheaper the deal on the cruise, the more hands out you will see.

Lucy
 
Mar 30th, 2002, 08:08 AM
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Lucy,

How does the crew know that you got a cheap deal on the cruise?????
 
Mar 30th, 2002, 12:32 PM
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perplexed:

Simple CCL= Cheap Cruise Line
 
Mar 30th, 2002, 02:13 PM
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Lucy,

Oh, sorry. My mistake. I thought we were having a mature discussion.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 07:33 AM
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Paul. You have got to be kidding me. On both CCl and RCCL they had their hands out any every given oppurtunity. The worst was if you decided to order room service at RCCL. I have no problem with tipping, but make up your mind. It's either during the course of the trip or at the end. Not both.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 08:58 AM
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xman,

Room service personnel should ALWAYS be tipped as the service is rendered. You can't be sure of having the same room service person each time, and even if you do, how can you be certain of seeing them the last evening or morning of the cruise to tip them? Tipping room service at the time of service is Cruising 101.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 09:02 AM
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Normally I just enjoy the posting here on Fodors. I just can't help but to put in my 2 cents worth. We recently "won" a company trip on Carnival. What a joke! From the moment we ordered or first beverage until we left, the crew was constantly waiting for a tip. We ordered a sandwich from room service and gave the waiter $5.00--he looked at it like it was nothing and left grumbling. Bear in mind that a burger and two cokes doesn't require a lot of effort. In a restaurant $5.00 would have been a 80% tip!! If we ever cruise agian it will be on a better cruise line.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 06:21 PM
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[email protected] I wouldn't have brought it up if there hadn't been a little envelope begging for more tips from the room service personnel. That is common sense 101!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 11:45 PM
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I do not understand Maria. I have sailed all Carnival ships except one and the tip is added to the beverage tab. No one has their hand out.

You were mighty generous to give the room service staff member $5.00. Most passengers think since the food is complimentary there is no reason to tip. I always tip $1.00 and I never had a server that was not overjoyed. Possibly yours was so flabbergasted he was at a loss for words.

On Royal Caribbean I do find that all the waiters ask for tips in a very subtle way. They spend quite a bit of time begging everyone to fill out the comment cards giving them an excellent rating. This of course may be a good thing since they strive to work hard to earn that excellent rating.

Paul
 
Apr 1st, 2002, 08:58 PM
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HI,
I second paul! I've been on 4 carnival cruise ships and one other non carnival. Besides the 15% they add on to your drink bill, which ends up being cheaper then if you tip a dollar every time some one brings you a drink, i tip room service one or two dollars and they've always seemed happy to me. Also, I can't believe people think a land vacation is cheaper, I end up spending alot less on a cruise, then a land vacation. Unless you don't tip and eat fast food all week. When your talking about all inclusives to get the kind of food you get on a cruise you would have to stay at like a sandals which is more expensive, we just did that for our honeymoon, and got very tired of drinking bottom shelf drinks. They seem to have just empty bottles of the good stuff.
Lynn
 

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