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morris - Answered a Question by skingsley (06 Jan 08 23:22)

In reply to Neil...I personally don't agree with tipping because I don't like being told what to do!! I see tipping as a personal reward to a member of staff for giving a service over and above what we may reasonably expect. We pay for our cruise and , in my opinion, should expect a reasonable service from the staff (who in turn should be paid a decent wage by the cruise company and not be dependent on tips). How do we passengers know where our deducted monies actually end up? this is always an emotive subject and we all have our differing opinions, we personally always make sure the staff who give us good service get their reward.

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by skingsley (05 Jan 08 13:35)

Your onboard account is in US dollars, are you sure that this is a charge of £10-50 pp because the normal gratuity charge added to a bill is $10 per pax per day. You can, if you feel you have not been given the service you would expect, have this removed (unless Princess has adopted a new procedure) but you will be taking money from someone who relies on tips for their remuneration.....Nei.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by skingsley (05 Jan 08 17:37)

Tipping is an intrinsic part of cruising. It is traditional to tip certain members of staff [room steward, waiter and asst waiter]. These members of staff get a very low salary [c$50pm] and therefore rely on their tips to make their salary which of course they send home to support their families. If you do not intend to tip then I would politely suggest that perhaps you should not be cruising.

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morris - Answered a Question by skingsley (05 Jan 08 18:44)

No it is not compulsary...if you think the going rate is a bit steep...or if you would rather thank staff personally for their service, and not be told who to thank, you can reduce or remove this amount.....we usually reduce it by half and then slip our cabin steward, and any other staff who have given excellent service, an envelope at the end of the cruise with a tip in it. We much prefer the 'personal touch' as a show of our appreciation for their hard work.

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skingsley - Answered a Question by skingsley (05 Jan 08 20:14)

Is it possible to find out what the cost of drinks and trips are on the sea princes.

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Ross - Answered a Question by skingsley (05 Jan 08 22:13)

Yet again, I disagree with Mr Morris's suggestions...Whilst your favourite barman will love the $50 you leave him - he does not need tipping as he receives a basic wage. Whereas your room steward and your waiters do not receive a salary [or if they do it is a miniscule ammount] so therefore they are relying and their family is relying on you tipping them. If you don't tip your room steward - his family back in the Phillippines doesn't eat that week - think of it that way.....and tip those who should be tipped [and not the quy who gives you larger shots of whiskey..].

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hobson - Answered a Question by skingsley (06 Jan 08 11:17)

Hi the I always remove the gratuity from my account which allows me to tip as i wish and its the waiters and room stewards who get the lowest wages. You go to pursers desk and say u wish to remove the gratuities but remeber to do it for each person:- if u wish....we leave it on for one of our party of 4. when you tip the waiter at your table he has to pass it to the head waiter who distributes the money between them all. You will love the sea princess it was our first cruise 20months ago and since then we have done 2 others and booked 2 more this year. Its a friendly ship with excellent servic.

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by skingsley (06 Jan 08 16:27)

I can feel the thin ice crackling under my feet but I must ask why we British always feel obliged to rock the boat, sorry about the mixed metaphors, when the subject of tips is brought up. I, and several like me, are convinced that the main reason for not upholding the cruising tipping convention is one of pure miserliness or contrariness. I know there are going to be floods of cries of “How dare he suggest such a thing” but I have yet to hear a convincing, yes convincing, reason for not paying tips as suggested other than receiving poor service, none of the other reasons make sense. Believe it or not but we invented tipping, not the Americans because we consider it the correct way to reward good service and why, if we receive the service we normally do should we consider saying “Not going to”. Yours truly Nei.

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by skingsley (07 Jan 08 14:50)

I understand what you are saying but the fact is that the cruise lines, in the main, do not pay a decent wage. Therefore to say you will only pay a tip to people who have given a “service over and above what we may reasonably expect” is to withhold part of their remuneration. If you disagree with the way staff are paid then take it up with the cruise lines concerned or do not use their cruises because by not falling in with the current system and withholding payment you are penalising those who have no recourse and will go without. I know you say you “don't like being told what to do!!” but this is my point that by being contrary and saying “not going to do that” you are penalising those who can least afford your attitude. And let’s face it if we are well off to be able to afford a cruise then we should be philanthropic enough to consider others who can get nowhere near it…………respectfully yours Nei.

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Kirkham - Answered a Question by skingsley (07 Jan 08 23:33)

Drinks have 15% service charge added to them, so only tip the bar staff if you feel you want to.

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