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There is no charge for "room service" and some people give a small tip to those who bring it. A service charge of 15% is automatically added to the cost of drinks you purchase around the ship that have been provided by bar staff or waiters or those attending to you in the lounges, decks etc. Adding gratuities to your on-board account is becoming more the norm now but they must inform you that they intend to do this and sometimes gratuities are added by your agent but again you will have notification of this. If you intend to tip personnel individually then you will find the expected amount in the brochures, sent to you in a booklet, along with lots of other information and generally in various ways on board. I see that your question mentions QE2 and there are various amounts suggested depending on the grade of cabin you have chosen. I would suggest that you get a brochure, if you do not have one and read all of it including the small print. You will find out lots from this and it will also improve the cruise because you will know so much more and not miss out on things. Happy cruising....Nei.
Room service is free. You will be charged 15% for drinks etc. and it is up to you if you want to tip an individual. There is a leaflet in your statetroom, regarding your choice of star employee and you can give this to them when you tip them if you want. Personnaly, I tipped my waiters $50 and my steward $50.
On OE2 there is a fixed daily amount added to your bill, $11 per person or $13 pp if you are in grill class. We travelled on Cunard last year for the first time where these Tips were automatically added to you bill, however we found there was a clear expectation from staff that you tipped them personally, so in effect you were tipping twice as well as paying 15% service on all drinks. We discovered this year that you can request to have the daily Tipping allocation removed from your Bill. We therefore opted to remove one and pay one. This way we felt we'd contributed to the general "pot" but used the amount removed for tipping personal service.
I prefer P&O's policy of recommending a daily amount and leaving it up to you who you tip.
How do you remove the set charge from your account.