No, they are not included in the price.I'm not sure if they can be paid in advance or not - we usually go by the traditional route and place the money in the envelopes they leave in your cabin. We sailed to the Canaries with P & O at Easter. I seem to remember the recommended tipping rate is £2.90 per person per day, divided up between the cabin steward and the waiter/busboy.
If you are looking at a 2009 cruise, I have just had a look in P&O's brochure and they are recommending £3.75p per person per day, again this is usually split between your cabin steward and the waiter/assistant.
No they are not included in the price. On Oceana and Ventura which both have Freedom Dining I think they take a small amount from your onboard account for the restaurant tips as you do not have the same waiters each evening. However, you can have this removed if you wish. Other than that it's a recommended £3.75 per person per day, this to be divided between your cabin steward and your waiter - who in turn shares with his assistant. You will be left some envelopes in your cabin at the end of the cruise, or you can get them from Reception. We have usually followed the recommended amount. If we have had excellent service from anyone else - as we did from a wine steward in the Caribbean - we would tip them too. Hope this helps.
We went on our 1st Cruise, on Balmoral for 7 days,on July 4th with Fred Oulsen which was fantastic . We were given information about tipping which we thought was excellent and were given envelopes. It was suggested that we gave the accumalated Tips on the last evening and departure day. We were advised who to give tips but it was still left as our choice.Sugestions were to give tips to our Cabin Staff, ie: the lady who cleaned and looked after our cabin (24/7) even to turning the beds down, drawing the curtains and leaving a small bar of chochcolate on our pillows. To our waiter who served us at our table every evening(We were booked in for 2nd sittig) in the main Restaurant which was formal Waiter Servce. However we also gave a tip to our Wine Waiter too( as he was marvelous too. The suggested amount was to give £2 per day to Cabin Crew and our Waiter. We felt that they more than deserved this amont. As we had such superb Service and nothing was ever too much trouble. In fact they went out of their way to ensure our Holiday was Fantastic. Thank you Balmoral crew and Staff for making our 1st Cruise a wonderful experince and memorable occasion.Hope this helps and have a gretra cruise.
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