JANICE MOORE - Answered a Question by Evans (02 Feb 09 18:44)

We have been on many cruises and YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY GRATITUTIES if you do not want to - you can go the pursur's desk and ask for them to be taken from your account and then simply give what you feel is appropriate to the personnel that you wish to have something extra.

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Window - replied to JANICE MOORE (02 Feb 09 20:11)

She is absolutely correct.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by Evans (01 Feb 09 09:35)

Hi Look at the booking terms and Conditions in particular 1.9 it gives the info you made need? The cruise companies have in the past honored the prices in particular the fuel surcharge was not added retrospectively and hopefully will in the future do the same. The exchange rate has wrecked a few holiday plans we have a cruise booked with pre-paid tips and one without we have seen that one go from £114 to £164 in a couple of months.Not much help but lets hope your T/A is wrong?

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Linnie - Answered a Question by Evans (01 Feb 09 12:45)

You should not have to pay any increased gratuities as the sum was agreed when you paid for the cruise. However, if you have made any change to your booking, then yes the increased gratuities will apply - this could be a change of cabin, or of price code . The cost for X gratuities increased on Jan 15th. Over a weeks cruise it is approx £7pp more.

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Evans - replied to Linnie (02 Feb 09 18:59)

I didn´t change anything, but the TA gave me a upgrade because I been travelling with Celebrity before, then she said I had to pay more gratuities. She changed maybe the booking, not me. Sorry I am Duch and maybe I did´n explain myself the right way.

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Sutton - Answered a Question by Evans (01 Feb 09 17:02)

How can anyone make you pay gratuities? Surely they are given for good service which you can't receive before you cruise.

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Sutton - Answered a Question by Evans (01 Feb 09 17:02)

How can anyone make you pay gratuities? Surely they are given for good service which you can't receive before you cruise.

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Leech - Answered a Question by Evans (02 Feb 09 18:57)

We have just returned from an excellent trip on Celeb Galaxy. You do not have to pay your tips up front. We chose not to, and we gave cash tips to all those who served us so very well. Not sure if you can now cancel the tips if you've said you'll pay them, but I'd certainly ring the TA and try to cancel them. If you pay your tips up front you feel such a cheapskate on the last night not giving out any money! Good luck!

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boam - replied to Leech (02 Jun 09 12:38)

I am on a celebrity cruise in july,does this opt out apply to bar tips also? thanks for any advise.

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Bagnall - Answered a Question by Evans (02 Feb 09 21:10)

How on earth can you pay GRATUITIES up front. In my world Gratuities are given for an excelent standard of service given by the staff members who look after you on your cruise such as cabin staff table captain and waiters. So it is up to you to decide towards the end of your cruise how good the service ou received has been and pay directly to the staff concerned, you also know that what you intended them to have they will get. With regard casual gratuities bar/drinks etc a small tip on each visit is appropriate.With regard the pound droping are they making you pay more for your cruise, its the same pound that paid for that.

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