Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by ryan (23 Nov 08 19:41)

If you always tip why do you want them removed because they will give you a slip and an envelope which is what you present to the appropriate persons? If you feel that you want to give more then there is nothing to stop you adding money to these envelopes. I can't believe it is because you want to give less.......Neil.

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Lane - replied to Neil & Ida Down (24 Nov 08 10:29)

Check any dictionary Neil and you will find that tips and gratuities are gifts or small payments freely given in recognition of good service. Cunard's website states: "...a 15% charge is automatically added to your on-board account (for bar, wine and salon services)" and "...a Hotel and Dining charge will be automatically added to your shipboard account on a daily basis." This is clearly not tipping, it is a surcharge. Like Neil, Cunard adds that you can choose to pay more if you wish - perhaps you would like to reward good service - which, of course, would be tipping! It is in the interest of cruise lines to advertise lower prices and to hide surcharges under euphemisms like 'gratuities', but it is in our interest to reward good, personal service. Dave.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Neil & Ida Down (25 Nov 08 11:37)

Trust me Marie, there are thousands who will use any pretext in order to pay as little as possible and none where practicable. This site is full of their answers. I sorry if you thought I tarred you with that same brush but scepticism is always present where tips and gratuities are concerned. If you want proof just read answers via the "Find a Question" feature on this site. Regards. .... Neil.

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Lane - replied to Neil & Ida Down (25 Nov 08 12:30)

Oh my gosh, customers wanting to pay as little as possible? You'll be telling us that cruise lines want to make as much profit as possible next - except perhaps for Celebrity Cruises who, it appears, give away free cruises from time to time!

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Richard Okill - Answered a Question by ryan (24 Nov 08 11:45)

Hi there. Cunard refer to gratuities as a 'Hotel and Dining Charge' and they are added to your shipboard account on a daily basis. The amount varies depending on your level of accommodation and this charge is in US Dollars. If you opt to pay your shipboard account by credit card then that is where the shipboard account will go. You may opt-out of paying this charge by making a request to the Pursers/Reception Desk. It is not, however, a geat amount, and there is still scope to make a small additional offering to those who have served you well. There is a 15% gratuity charge added to your wine and bar bill. I do not believe it is possible to remove this. Giving that little extra always makes me feel good and in most cases it is greatly appreciated. It is your personal choice. I too am looking forward to 2 January and maybe we will bump into each other on the crossing. Either way, enjoy your cruise. Richard.

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ryan - replied to Richard Okill (25 Nov 08 09:31)

Thanks for the advice Richard I shall probably leave things as they are as I have never cruised with Cunard before I like to know my options .I have no intention of giving less as was sarcasticly suggested by Neil what I object to is the assumption that I agree with them adding the money to my account without being asked however, I am looking forward to going on this lovely ship and and may well bump into you, marie.

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