tightwad - Answered a Question by Danby (06 Feb 09 16:34)

Your cabin steward is well worth a tip he will cater for all your needs mmm that dont sound right but you know what i mean, as for your waiter its up to your own discretion,as you must be on freedom dining. hope you enjoy the ventura. we did happy cruising.

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Ingle - Answered a Question by Danby (06 Feb 09 19:36)

P&O do not add gratuities to your bill unless you are in freedom dining where you might have a different waiter and thus there is an auto tip of £1.60pp per day, which is for your dining room waiters only. Your cabin steward can be paid in the normal manner directly by cash. You can ammend the autotip at any time as you dont actually pay until you leave the ship and all your bill is charged to your credit card.

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Danby - replied to Ingle (07 Feb 09 10:17)

To Ingle and Tightwad. Thanks. That clarifies the situation nicely.

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Coultrup - Answered a Question by Danby (07 Feb 09 19:38)

We are planning a cruise on P & O but are not new to cruising and you mentioned 'freedom dining' what are the other options? you state 'you can amend the auto tip at any time' does this mean you can opt out of any gratuity payment? We are planning a 27 day cruise and would not like to be receive a large gratuity payment at the end of it, needless to say! Many thanks Margaret .

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Ingle - replied to Coultrup (08 Feb 09 05:58)

Freedom dining is where you turn up at the restaurant at anytime and get seated. The freedom restaurant is usually open between 6pm and 10pm. The alternative is club dining, where you have the same table, same time each evening and there is the choice of two sittings, 6:30pm or 8:30pm. The menu and service is exactly the same, whichever option you choose. At other times, for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, you just turn up when you want and get seated. Only Ventura and Oceana operate freedom dining, the other P&O ships are club dining only. There is also the option of the self service restaurant, and there is a pizza/burger place. In addition, there are also speciality restaurant, such as Gary Rhodes where a supplement is payable. The recommended gratuity on P&O is £3.75pp per day total, split between cabin steward and resataurant waiters, which is not unreasonable. There is no service charge on drinks, which are at pub prices, unlike many other cruiselines.

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