Gwendoline - Answered a Question by tedesco (15 Oct 07 17:21)

Having sailed with NCL (Jewel) I know that some passengers asked this question on the cruise I was on. Although it was/is frowned on, I know that a passenger did in fact insist on having the right to choose, a different arrangement was made for her. This answer may not fit your question exactly but it does present a precedent.

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Disgusted - Answered a Question by tedesco (15 Oct 07 18:25)

If you are not willing to pay the gratuities - a meagre $10pp - then you should NOT be cruising. You are insulting the staff who will bend over backwards to do anything for you. Tipping is a traditional part of cruising - the staff do not get paid - the tips ARE their salary. Do you work for $4 per day - that is £2. Think about it and do the decent thing......

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yhyh - Answered a Question by tedesco (21 Oct 07 12:47)

You have not even been on the cruise and you are considering lowering the gratuities!!!!!!!!!!! cancel the cruise ,GO BACK TO BUTLINS ... GIVE US A BREA.

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fay - Answered a Question by tedesco (23 Nov 07 15:11)

I had a wonderful time on the gem and done my OWN TIPPING guests should not be paying wages as has already wrongly stated I know for a fact that the $10 a day goes no where near the staff but to the company.Only the 15% charge on drinks etc.bills go to supplement staff wages.It is not being mean but a matter but being able to tip as YOU feel is proper and not being dictated to. J.Fay Annathill Scotlan.

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fay - Answered a Question by tedesco (23 Nov 07 15:11)

I had a wonderful time on the gem and done my OWN TIPPING guests should not be paying wages as has already wrongly stated I know for a fact that the $10 a day goes no where near the staff but to the company.Only the 15% charge on drinks etc.bills go to supplement staff wages.It is not being mean but a matter but being able to tip as YOU feel is proper and not being dictated to. J.Fay Annathill Scotlan.

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mallan - Answered a Question by tedesco (25 Nov 07 05:37)

Why not hire a rowing boat and go self catering,then you would be able to buy some oil for your ar-- save it squeaking when you walk.

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