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There are no ironing/washing rooms on Galaxy. You will receive a letter part way through the cruise advising you that the gratuities have been added to your account 'For Your Convenience'...Wilba.
You don't have to pay the tips on your bill tho, and you can opt out, before the cruise, and then you can give staff cash on the last night.
You can also opt 'during' the cruise if you so wish & to London Of Liverpool tipping is not done 'as you go' the only exception being if you order room service. The lad who brings it is not your daily cabin steward so a couple of Dollars tip is recognised as the norm. Drinks are all plus 15% to cover gratuities the Bar staff.....Wilba.
Thanks for replying to my questions. Do you have to notify Celebrity that you do not wish to pay tips on our bill at the start of the Cruise?
No read my answer below. You visit the Guest Relations Desk to remove the gratuities....Wilba.
The fact that there are no guest washing & ironing facilities on Celebrity was one of the few things [ v few] that annoyed me! You are not supposed to take your own iron either. There is a full laundry/pressing service available and of course you have to pay for this!
It is v good, and cheaper than it would be in the UK, but the costs do add up!
As was said by the other replier, tips of 15% are automatically taken on every drink. We much prefer giving tips on the last night. You feel such a cheapskate if you've paid up front and do not give any tips on the last night! Also, we believe that the main dining staff and the steward know who have yet to give tips, and we did feel we got truly excellent service because of this! We did tip well on the last night though.
One point about the tipping situation on Celebrity. As of my last cruise in November (the situation MAY have changed since, of course), if you were a traveller from the US or Canada, you had the OPTION of putting your tips onto your bill or not at the end of the cruise. I was told by people on the same ship who were from the UK that their tips were AUTOMATICALLY added to their bills and they had to go to Guest Relations to have them taken off, if they wanted. I do not know why the policy is different for North American versus other travellers, but this is how it was up to November 2008, at least. In no cases does Celebrity put the tips on the bill at the beginning of the cruise, as some cruiselines do. Nothing is charged to your credit card until the end of the cruise. On many Celebrity ships you can monitor your ongoing charges through a menu on the TV but where this is not possible, I recommend people drop by Guest Relations every few days to get a print-off of their charges to date. It is easy to forget what you have signed for so I always keep all my receipts in one place and make notes of what the charge was for. Believe me, after a few days you will have forgotten what the $21.49 on your bill was for if you don't do that!! Celebrity gives you a suggestion of how much to tip your various dining room and stateroom staff and, if you go with their suggestion, it is certainly easy and means you don't have to mess around with money. The staff are advised that you have tipped them and ON CELEBRITY we have never found any diminishment in service after they found out they had already got the money! I cannot say the same thing for a couple of experiences on other cruise lines where the staff definitely changed their attitudes!
I was on Galaxy in November 2008 and the situation re tips was (and I'm a UK cruiser) that we were asked several times if we wanted to have the gratutities added to our onboard account, but in order to have this done we had to complete a form and hand it in at guest relations - it was NOT automatically added and those who didn't get their form in on time could not have the gratuities added in this way. We did it because it saved using precious cash.
Re: letting your steward, wait staff etc know you've paid in this way - you are given special cards (left in your state-room) which you put in an envelope to give to each relevant member of staff, so they DO know you've tipped and there IS something to hand them on your last night.
Do we know they will recieve the whole of the tip.
There are always iorning facilities on board.some ships you can do your own, others you can fill a card in and they wil do it for you.as for tips when you board the ship ,go to the pursers desk, hand your card over to have all on board purchases credited to your cabin, you just sign for everything. this will save queing at the end of your ctuise,keep all receipts, to match them up with your bill that will come under your cabin door at the end of the week.then tell them you do not wish to have the gratuities stopped of your bill. tell them you will pay personaly. this will save a lot of money. you decide who you want to give to.mainly youe room stewart,your table waiter and his assistant.