Tipping and extra cash..

Jan 1st, 2003, 02:23 PM
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Cathie
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Tipping and extra cash..

We are officially booked to sail on the April 3rd Carnival Legend to the Southern Caribbean.
I understand that tipping is automaticly charged now so can someone tell me approximately how much extra money would be required to take care of tipping for my husband and I?
Also, what extra amount of cash do you think would be appropriate to take along with us or does everyone just use a charge card and worry about the cost later?
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 04:38 PM
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Bill
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You open a credit account on board ship for all spending on board so all the cash or travelers checks you will need will be for souveniers in port. We take travelers checks keep most in our in room safe and whatever is left over we use to pay on credit card bill after.
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 05:00 PM
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There are lots of things that can add to your "sign & sail" card, which is usually connected to one of your credit cards at the beginning of the cruise. All alcoholic beverages and sodas, some specialty coffees, on board photos, bingo, specialty restaurants, ice cream parlor, on board gift shop, shore excursions etc. will all be charged to your cabin account. We always bring plenty of cash/travelers checks for the casino, however I think you can also get advances from your sign and sail card for gambling. The automatic tips will be added to the card as well.

Your cruise brochure should show the exact amount they will add in tips per person per day. For a 7 day cruise our tab is usually around $700-$800 and my husband doesn't even drink! However, we always sign up for several shore excursions and play several rounds of bingo in addtion the assorted this and thats which pop up throughout the cruise. Have fun!
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 08:31 PM
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Cathie
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Thanks Lenore and Bill for your information.
I am not much of a drinker but my husband does like his beer. I can see how things like that can add up rather quickly and end up being a big surprise when the final bill comes in.
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 09:32 PM
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Paul Therault
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Hi Cathie,

Since Carnival groups the waiter and busboy into one charge, $5.50 per day per person I will break it down for you:

Cabin Steward $3.50 pp /day
Waiter $3.50 pp / day
Busboy $2.00 pp / day
Gratuity for the maitre d' - head waiter was listed in the past but is no more. You should tip them if they do extra favors (not if they just come to your table to see how everything is going).

You can adjust gratuity amounts by going to the Information Office (no questions asked). If you must adjust tips downward, be sure to be fair.

If you wish to tip additional for extra serice, you can get envelopes at the Info Office and put in cash. Give out at the last night of the cruise.

Extra consideration would be say if the staff knows what you like and get sent to you without asking. Say extra lemon for your iced-tea. Items that are not on the menu, such as french fries or chocolate sundae.
Anything that would require extra work for the cabin steward or the waiter. The busboy fills your water glass without you asking, brings extra butter since that is what you like, etc.

What you spend is really what you like to do or drink on a cruise. For shore tours you can get the info with prices from your travel agent in advance or you may be able to get it on-line. Laundry service is something many forget. It is approximately the price of laundry in the states. Spa prices, dessert/expresso bar .....

If you wish to see, in advance, what you are spending, you can get the info from your cabin TV.

Have fun,

Paul

 
Jan 1st, 2003, 09:54 PM
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Cathie
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Thanks, Paul, for all your useful information.
 

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