Disgusted - Answered a Question by Tickel (30 Jan 08 09:08)

You have paid close on £2000 for this cruise and now you are trying to stiff the staff a meagre £5 per day.....incredible. I do not think that you should be crusing if this is your attitude.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Bradbury - Answered a Question by Tickel (30 Jan 08 12:47)

You are always at liberty to change the auto gratutity charge. We do so at the begining of every cruise and then decide who we are going to tip and how much and ensure it goes directly to their own pockets. NCL however are very good at trying to talk you out of taking your Grats off your on board account and will ask you to leave it until they day before departure before you finally decide. Be persistant and dont take no for an answer. I object on the grounds that this is the way the cruise lines make up for low pay. I dont pay the full suggested amount for my kids (they share our cabin which doesnt take any longer to clean than if there were just the two adults) Make you own decision do your own thing and dont take it as an imposed charge.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Disgusted - Answered a Question by Tickel (30 Jan 08 14:26)

On the contary; you should always tip in full for the children as they tend to make more mess, crush cornflakes into the tablecloth, spill drinks thus making more work for the wait staff....and yes it does take longer for them to clean the cabin as they have to make 4 beds instead of two. Taking a one-man stand not to pay the tips is hurting noone apart from the staff that you are not paying. They get a salary of $50 and they rely on their tips to make a living wage. You are not only affecting them, but if you do not tip they can not send money home to support their wives/children/parents thus causing their whole village environment to suffer. Are you pleased with yourself because you have saved a few quid still??

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Ida & Neil Down - Answered a Question by Tickel (30 Jan 08 14:52)

Please tell me, Mrs. Tickel, why you feel that it is necessary to challenge this fact of life at sea. Is it that you intend to give less or more perhaps and reduce the amount to another? Whilst I agree with "Disgusted of TW" I can see the point made by the Bradburys but by not paying the going rate one would, in effect, say to the staff concerned that you do not think that they are worth their while and they haven't done a good job. You will not change the cruise line's attitude to low pay by depriving those far worse off than yourself. If you want to do that then you must communicate directly with the cruise line. It is said by some "I don't like being told what to do" well you are told what to do on many occasions at sea whether you dislike it or no and if you do not like that then.....do not go..... Nei.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - Answered a Question by Tickel (30 Jan 08 20:22)

I will attempt to answer your question without all the tosh about the ‘poor people’ who work on cruise ships. NCL have a new policy in their small print. They no longer call them autotips nor gratuities, they now have a ‘Service Charge’ which is Non Removable & at a fixed rate per day. When you read further into their terms it says ‘In the event of a dispute’, the charge can be adjusted or removed in the event of dispute. As for P&O I believe they still use the envelope system & when they tried the autotip on their fleet they were bombarded with complaints & dropped idea before the end of a season. Don’t feel threatened by the majority of posters on all of these sites, UK & US whom are obsessed with telling each other how much or little the staff are paid on cruise ships. Their wage, your wage, my wage has nothing to do with anyone who posts on these boards & like Bradbury I have always removed the autotip & always will & I've always been in a long queue to do so. Tipping is on merit & not a God Given right as NCL would have you believe.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Ida & Neil Down - Answered a Question by Tickel (31 Jan 08 12:09)

I have often agreed with a lot of what “Wilba” has said in the past but on this occasion if “Wilba” thinks that it is “tosh” to be concerned for other people in this world then I believe that attitude is one of extreme selfishness and indifference for other people. It is one to be denigrated not applauded and not one that I would uphold by any regard….Nei.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - Answered a Question by Tickel (31 Jan 08 13:01)

No Neil Read it again. It's the tosh thats 'written' about the poor people, not the fact 'they' are poor.Sorry if my grammar is ba.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - Answered a Question by Tickel (01 Feb 08 05:56)

I would like to bet this was Mrs Tickel’s first post on this site & she asked if anyone had challenged the AutoGratuity. She did not ask for a barracking from all & sundry as did Bradbury, the only person to answer the lady’s question that was asked. So come on, to people who are probably new to posting & possibly new to cruising, give them some respect & descending on them like a pack of vultures does nothing for their confidence in using these sites.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Bradbury - Answered a Question by Tickel (01 Feb 08 14:07)

Thanks for your support Wilba. I was thinking the same - all I did was answer the ladys question. I have tried to hold back from responding especially to 'Disgusted' comments ref the children. I would like to point out that my children are well behaved, well mannered and do know how to use a knife and fork! as do most children. I didnt say we dont tip, we do. We just decide who and how much (EG do we really want to tip the MaitreD each day? sometimes yes if he has done us a service - sometimes no. Quite often we dont even see the Maitre D until the last night) A tip is made for good service and AT THE END OF THE CRUISE we decide who and how much and make sure we give it in cash straight to their own pocket. Do we go into a restaurant at home and offer the waiter a gratutity up front - No.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Dyer - Answered a Question by Tickel (01 Feb 08 18:33)

Yes i agree with bradbury, i have two children of my own and never have i known them to smush cornflakes into the table cloth infact, i have never known then to eat cornflakes when there is a much wider choice of breakfast!!!!, they have cruised with us since the youngest was six, doesn't all this tipping reflect the days of the raj, and isn't it about time the cruise companies paid a descent wage and charged their cruises accordingly, on Thomson cruises there is no upfront demand for tips, no guilt trips about poor relations, in fact it is completely left to your discretion, and their prices are not really any different to the others.Who tips those in the engine rooms,.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report

Daily Top 10 Deals

  • PRICE DROP - Rotterdam, Bruges & Paris!

    P&O - Oceana - 3 Jan 19 - 7nts

    Southampton : Rotterdam : Bruges (Zeebrugge) : Paris (Le Havre) : Cherbourg : Southampton

    Now from £388pp

    • Only £1pp Deposit Needed to Book Your Stateroom Today!*
    • Cruise From Only £55pp per night!

    Click To View All P&O 2018 Cruises > 

  • FLASH SALE! 5* No Fly Scandinavia & Baltics

    Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Silhouette - 7 Jul 2018 - 14nts

    Southampton : Bruges : Copenhagen : Stockholm : Tallinn : St. Petersburg (Overnight) : Berlin (Rostock) Southampton

    Now from £949pp

    • Includes All Meals & Entertainment
    • Cruise From Just £67pp Per Night

    View More Celebrity Cruises From Southampton >>

  • 5* Transatlantic Cruising With New York, Miami & New Orleans

    Celebrity Silhouette - 03 November 2018 - 19nts

    Southampton : Boston : New York (Overnight) : Bermuda : Bahamas : Fort Launderdale : (1 Night Hotel Stay South Beach Miami) Fly To New Orleans (3 Nights Central Hotel Stay) : Fly Uk

    Now from £1949pp

    • 15 Nights 5* Modern Luxury Cruising Onboard Celebrity Silhouette
    • 3 Nights Central Hotel Stay In New Orleans
    • Includes Return Flight & All Overseas Transfers

    View Full Detailed Itinerary>>

Show More Deals
Emily Watts's blog

Royal Princess

By Emily Watts

 Last week I was lucky enough to experience Royal Princess which was also my first time on a Princess ship. It was everything I expected and more. as soon as we got on board I was impressed with the decor and the grandness, it really is a beautiful ship. Our cabin was located on Baja deck B215 which had a balcony and for two sharing it is very spacious. Princess prides themselves on the beds and it was probably one of the most comfortable ones I have ever slept on. After embarkation, we...

Read More

May 22 2018 12:04:11:000PM

Independence Of The Seas T...

By Caroline Kyle

Caroline Kyle's blog

Last week I sailed on the newly rejuvenated Independence of the Seas. As I’ve mentioned before she’s always been one of my favourite ships, but it’s been a few years since I was last onboard so I was keen to see the changesI was onboard for 2 mini cruises back to back so I’ll be splitting my review over a couple of blogsDay 1Arrived at the port at 12:00 and as a platinum member, I had priority check-in, so thankfully I skipped the huge queue and was onboard within 30 m...

Read More

May 24 2018 06:45:33:000PM

Sailing like a Celebrity Part ...

By Molly McIntyre

Molly McIntyre's blog

As I was only on board for two nights we did not bother with any speciality dining on this occasion so we ate in the main dining room which was amazing. We had opted for Celebrity Select Dining which means we could choose when we wanted to go for dinner and could just turn up or you can pre-book a time on your planner. We pre-booked 6.45pm on both nights. On arrival at the dining room entrance we were escorted to a table towards the back of the restaurant and were immediately greeted by two l...

Read More

May 21 2018 09:03:05:000AM

A Privacy Update from www.CRUISE.co.uk Already Agreed Remind Me Later Review Now