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Andrews - Answered a Question by Watson (29 Jul 08 19:27)

If you can get away with it do it but you may be questioned taking it on board unless its stuffed in your suitcase.

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scales - Answered a Question by Watson (29 Jul 08 20:46)

Princess cruises will allow you to take on board wine 'for a special occasion', but on the Sun Princess last September, nobody checked with us to see what that 'special occasion' was. We drank ours on the balcony, never took any to the table. We also bought beer at various ports without being stopped.

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Watson - replied to scales (30 Jul 08 15:02)

Many thanks. Its our first cruise and my birthday the day after we sail. We are very unsure of things as we are new to cruising.

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Watson - replied to Watson (30 Jul 08 15:09)

Which way would you recommend for tipping. If I had the standard Pricess tip, i.e. $10.50 per person per day added to my bill I would feel guilty at not handing something to my cabin servers on leaving. Which way would you recommend. Thanks.

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scales - replied to Watson (30 Jul 08 23:30)

This is a personal viewpoint, with many people having differing views. My wife & I never have auto-tipping, that which is added to the bill. We pefer to tip the cabin steward, the table waiter & his assistant only. That adds up to roughly what you would pay on auto-tipping, & very often more than. Some cruise lines will have auto-tipping as part of their procedures, but just go to the Guest Relations desk once you have set sail & ask for it to be removed from your bill. This has never been a problem for us. Princess had auto-tipping but also specific envelopes positioned by the desk at the end of the cruise for you to use. (We always take blank ones with us just in case they are needed) Never let anyone tell you that by knocking off auto-tipping you are reducing your tipping costs. As I said, we tip more than that way, but to specific people. I know that this way some will say that people like engine room staff don't get anything, but traditionally those I've mentioned are the only ones to be tipped, for 'personal' service.I hope this helps.

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Watson - replied to scales (01 Aug 08 08:13)

Many thanks, that does help.

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scales - replied to Watson (02 Aug 08 13:07)

Some other points. many cruise companies publish tipping guidelines at the back of the brochure. They also suggest tipping the wine waiter & Maitre D. Many cruise lines have dispensed with wine waiters. We decide at the end of the cruise whether or not a Maitre D gets tipped. Some are very 'hands on' spending time talking to you, especially over dinner. Some are remote figures that you never see or talk to. Some go out of their way to do a little extra for you on an occasion, which you may think deserves a tip of some sort. The envelopes I mentioned are sealable, given out at the dinnertime's last night, or the morning for the cabin steward, so the recipient has no idea what they are getting.they never open it in front of you. The problem for auto-tipping is the Freedom Dining concept, of course, for while your cabin steward (& very often his assistant is listed nowadays) is the same one, you flit between different waiters. You may decide that differing waiters & bus boys are not going to get a tip, or you may decide that it may be appropriate to leave part of your auto-tipping on the bill & tip personally the others. This can be done by, say, knocking off your partner's auto-tipping & leaving yours on. Some companies allow you to be very flexible with your bill add-ons. Your Guest relations staff will be very helpful in suggesting & doing what you would like to do. Hope you don't mind these further tips! Good luck & enjoy your cruise.

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Watson - replied to scales (03 Aug 08 11:46)

Many thanks for your help. Any tips are most welcome on any aspect of cruising as we are first timers and are a bit in the dark as to, tips, dressing, price of drinks etc.

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Cochrane - replied to scales (12 Jul 09 10:25)

Would we be allowed to bring on say a dozen bottles of wine or is there a strict limit to the amount they would allow. We are sailing on the Grand princess in Aug and are still non the wiser on this point.

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sc - replied to Cochrane (13 Jul 09 11:16)

Assuming that all Princess ships are as our Sun Princess, nobody at any time suggested a limit to take on board. At one port of call, waiting to get on board, fellow passengers had cardboard boxes of beer to take on, without seemingly any probs. have you checked the terms & conditions, questions & answers, at the back of the brochure? What about asking your travel agent? A dozen bottles seems a lot but split between at least two of you narrows it down. I suppose that at the time of embarcation, nobody knows whether or not you ar going to use the ship's corkage principle, so any amount could be Ok.

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