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Riley - Answered a Question by Butterworth (19 Nov 08 15:07)

Hi, we've recently been on the island escape, and as advertised in the brochure all tips are included in your holiday price and you do not need to see the purser. We gave discretionary tips at the end of our cruise. Have a great holiday .

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Ann - Answered a Question by Butterworth (19 Nov 08 23:47)

We were on Star last month. you do not have to see the purser, tips are discretionary. We tipped our cabin steward at the end of the cruise.

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JamesB - Answered a Question by Butterworth (21 Nov 08 19:26)

First you do not have to contact the purser on the Island Star as no tips are debited to your onboard account as is the norm on American ships. Most usually tip the cabin steward and after you have completed your cruise you will understand why, the more enterprising of staff that operate in the bars tend to “adopt” a dozen or so clients and go out their way to ensure you never wait for service and that you are always looked after, again if you experience this type of service I would thing a tip at the end of the cruise, however you should be aware that a 15% surcharge is added onto the cost of each drink. Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between the waiting staff in the restaurants as you rarely get the same waiter twice, the exception being if you elect to try out some of the al-carte restaurants that costs extra; there you will find that the service is excellent and does make towards a great night out, again I always tip but on the night of the meal not at the end of the trip. Hope you have a wonderful trip and I’m sure you will find some member of staff gives such good service that you will decide to tip them.

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austin - Answered a Question by Butterworth (19 Dec 08 19:40)

Just come back from star in carribean what a great cruise anyway any tipping to your favourite waiter /cabin steward/etc do on last day as you wont use any cash at all on ship as all drinks, duty free on board, bingo games, sweets, crisp ,cigs, etc are put on to your account using a swipe card whenever you purchase anything you will get 2 reciepts one you have 2sign and give waiter etc back the other you keep,at guest relations you can ask for a statement to see how much money you have spent most people register a debit or credit card and the money is taken out of your account the night before you leave,if you want to purchase anything the morning of your return including drinks the sterling cash, not dollars is used to pay for these .we decided not to register our card we had we took money sterling and dollars and paid the account every 5 days so we knew where we was up 2 ,it was just how we chose 2 do it you will have a great time.

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