First of all, you are only on the ship for 14 nights as one night is on the plane on the way home. There is no automatic deduction on P&O, unless you are freedom dining, so you pay in cash to your room steward and waiters. Envelopes and a guide will be left in your cabin. This may be in sterling or USD equivalent as you are in the Carribean. This is what the P&O website says
"First of all, please do not worry about it. Who, when and how much you tip is at your discretion. Tips are usually given in cash at the end of your holiday to your stateroom Steward, Restaurant Stewards in the Club Dining restaurants, and to any other staff who you feel you wish to reward. The amount you tip is entirely up to you although, as a guide, we recommend a total amount per person (aged 12 and over) of £3.75 per day, which covers all staff who have looked after you during your holiday. The only exception to this is for passengers travelling on Oceana and Ventura who have opted to enjoy the flexibility of Freedom Dining as, with this style of dining, you may be seated at a different table and served by a different waiter on each occasion. We will therefore add an automatic service charge of £1.60 per passenger, per day to your shipboard account for the Restaurant Stewards. You will, of course, be able to increase or decrease this charge at your discretion by visiting Reception at any point during your cruise. You can also tip any other staff, including your stateroom Steward, as you feel appropriate. Further details of who and when you should tip can be found in your stateroom"
You dont have to tip at all if you dont want to. you can tip in cash, in envelopes at the end of your cruise to the amount you want to. ask for a print out of your statement at reception in the early days of your cruise to be sure no fixed charges are being deducted for tips. if they are, and you dont want to use this system then simply ask reception to deduct the charges from your account. they will do so without any question.
Dont feel any pressure at all to tip, it is up to you what you want to give and leave it to night before or the morning of depature for your cabin steward.who we have always tipped on each cruise. We go to the desk and take the tips off our account straight away, then at the end of the holiday we tip what we think, depending on how much we have spent!!!
What ever is written saying what you should pay in tips you do not have to do this. Go to the service desk when you get on board and tell them you want to chose who you pay tips to yourself. This is what we did last year on the p&o Ociana and we were given envelopes and we gave money to our waiters and our room stuard or to who ever you feel served you well. Beryl. Birmingham.
Local barber, who cruised on another PO ship last year stated that we would have to allow an extra £350 for on board tips. Seems a lot, not that we are tight but the cruise we are going on costs a fair bit.
We are thinking of going on a fred olsan cruise but are worried at what tips we are expected to paywe may go for 14 nights.