gregory - Answered a Question by Molloy (06 Aug 08 20:07)

My self and family (total 7 persons) are going on the noewegian gem in a short time for 7 days cruise and really dont want to pat $10 pp per day which acumulates to $490 can we do this in another way so we reward the staff that warrents this for a more reasonable amount.

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Molloy - replied to gregory (07 Aug 08 08:42)

Dear Gregory, I agree entirely with you. When the family is greater than seven and the cruise is for 14 days I agree even more! Regards .

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pilgrim - Answered a Question by Molloy (04 Aug 08 19:24)

Just because I have saved up this year to have a balcony cabin (I have gone without a holiday this year) I don't see why I would have to be penalised and pay a larger percentage for tips than I would last time I cruised in an inside cabin. The service is the same, waiters are the same, stewards work just as hard, the service is exactly the same. I have saved up the extra to pay for a better cabin. I must admit I don't agree with children being requested to pay the $10.50 a day though, that is just ridiculous.

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Molloy - replied to pilgrim (05 Aug 08 14:43)

Dear Pilgrim Thank you for your comments, However, I wasn’t asking you to pay more. In fact my proposal would have you paying less for tips. The average price/p/p for a Deluxe with a balcony is about $3,800 (£1,900) .Under my proposal, at a tip rate of 1.9%, you would expect to pay $76.00 per person for a two week cruise and not the $147.00 suggested by Sea Princess.

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Aldrich - replied to pilgrim (05 Aug 08 19:50)

I disagree - have you seen how much the waiters and staff do for the children, making them towel animals, entertaining, them, bringing them different meals if they don't like theirs, clearing up the mess when they hurl their dinner plates against the wall, clearing up dirty nappies ....on the contary I think the children should pay every cent of that tip.

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pilgrim - replied to Aldrich (08 Aug 08 21:17)

We will agree to differ - I personally think $10.50 is too much for parents to pay for children hurling plates and dirty nappies? - not from my family! although I would not take children on the cruises I have been on - I personally always pay the full tip (my choice) and I also pay extra for good service from my steward, waiter and bar staff who have been especially kind and helpful (but that is my choice) the world is made up of different opinions.

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Wilcox - Answered a Question by Molloy (06 Aug 08 12:31)

I have only cruised with Fred Olsen Cruise Line and there the tips are suggested at £2 per person per day, this is for your waiter and stewardess. We had excellent staff to look after us and did not mind paying this, plus a bit more as we felt that the staff who were dealing with us were superb. I feel that it is only fair that if you get good service it be rewarded and my husband & I allow for this expense when taking into account the cost of our holiday. I heard so many stories about other cruise lines who automatically take a tip from each passenger for there staff and I prefer to have it that I pay the staff who have been looking after me to get the tip direct not through the ship which if anything like hotels it is split between the staff with the more senior (who may not have done anything for you)getting a bigger percentage. Ihope this maybe of help to you.

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Wilcox - Answered a Question by Molloy (06 Aug 08 12:31)

I have only cruised with Fred Olsen Cruise Line and there the tips are suggested at £2 per person per day, this is for your waiter and stewardess. We had excellent staff to look after us and did not mind paying this, plus a bit more as we felt that the staff who were dealing with us were superb. I feel that it is only fair that if you get good service it be rewarded and my husband & I allow for this expense when taking into account the cost of our holiday. I heard so many stories about other cruise lines who automatically take a tip from each passenger for there staff and I prefer to have it that I pay the staff who have been looking after me to get the tip direct not through the ship which if anything like hotels it is split between the staff with the more senior (who may not have done anything for you)getting a bigger percentage. Ihope this maybe of help to you.

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Wilcox - Answered a Question by Molloy (06 Aug 08 12:31)

I have only cruised with Fred Olsen Cruise Line and there the tips are suggested at £2 per person per day, this is for your waiter and stewardess. We had excellent staff to look after us and did not mind paying this, plus a bit more as we felt that the staff who were dealing with us were superb. I feel that it is only fair that if you get good service it be rewarded and my husband & I allow for this expense when taking into account the cost of our holiday. I heard so many stories about other cruise lines who automatically take a tip from each passenger for there staff and I prefer to have it that I pay the staff who have been looking after me to get the tip direct not through the ship which if anything like hotels it is split between the staff with the more senior (who may not have done anything for you)getting a bigger percentage. Ihope this maybe of help to you.

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