Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Stonebank (10 Dec 08 12:06)

I agree with "Freeborn" it may have been a very wise action because the pound has declined aginst the dollar so much. I would also wait until you see the service that you will undoubtedly get from Celebrity staff before you consider taking the charge off if indeed that is possible. .... Neil.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by Stonebank (09 Dec 08 23:03)

Wouldn't think so - it would be very unfair on those who are teetotal!!

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Freeborn - replied to Taylor (10 Dec 08 09:00)

No, it doesn't include the 15% gratuity, which is added to all drinks (including non-alcoholic, like Cova speciality coffees) on board Celebrity's ships. Paying your gratuities upfront isn't necessarily 'foolish', since it removed from you the necessity to ensure you've got sufficient dollars left at the end of the cruise. For British cruisers, the further in advance you've already paid the better, since the pound has slumped against the dollar so badly in recent weeks!

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Stonebank (10 Dec 08 07:11)

No the 15% is added to drinks & other services you purchase on board. If your tour company is that Un knowledgeable I would be very wary of their ability. Sorry! .....Wilba.

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SANDLER - Answered a Question by Stonebank (10 Dec 08 08:14)

No, but you may be able to have the gratuities removed and refunded, you should check.

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shortland - Answered a Question by Stonebank (10 Dec 08 11:09)

Only if mystic meg works for celebrity.

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Wellgreen - Answered a Question by Stonebank (12 Dec 08 19:05)

Just Finished a cruise on the Mercury through the Panama Canal. They still add the 15% on drinks and anything else on top of the upfront gratuities.

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Vallelly - Answered a Question by Stonebank (12 Dec 08 20:59)

I have just returned from a celebrity cruise and I paid the gratuties in advance which was great as it meant I had no queue to pat on board. These gratuties only go to cabin and waiter staff. The 15% on drinks goes to the wages of the bar staff and they were fantastic and the bar prices very reasonable that we were very happy to pay that. I thought the staff were amazing and was more than happy to reward them. So often staff are cool or disinterested so I enjoy being treated well and dont mind the small payment. Claire.

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Archer - Answered a Question by Stonebank (13 Dec 08 11:30)

The answer js no.

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owen - Answered a Question by Stonebank (13 Dec 08 18:44)

The gratuities are added to all drinks that you purchase !! the only way round it is maybe to drink nothing !!good luck .

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