Mack - Answered a Question by Thomas (14 Jan 09 09:51)

We are also travelling on 4th April. Our fourth cruise with Princess and we have opted out every time - choosing to tip steward/maid - main waiter/assistant. Controversial I know! We go to the Purser's desk and tell them we want the automatic tipping removed. I have never found the service we receive after that to be anything other than fantastic - so scaremongers who say that the staff know you have removed the tip and therefore get rubbish service are talking rot! I also have never had a member of staff tell me that they rely on our tips - the only thing they seem to want you be concerned about is giving them a positive comment in the end of cruise questionnaire. Enjoy your cruise!

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pilgrim - Answered a Question by Thomas (08 Jan 09 18:01)

Go into Tips and gratuities there are loads of answers to your question.

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Moon - Answered a Question by Thomas (08 Jan 09 20:03)

We have been on Sea Princess several times , the first we opted for automatic tips. After that we opted out & tipped who we belived to have looked after us. Some crew do inforce telling you that the tips make up their wages & they need them !

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carberry - Answered a Question by Thomas (06 Mar 09 21:21)

Opt out! we kept ours on incase the staff knew and the service quality would suffer but friends at our table opted out and received the same standard of service a we did.they tipped at the end of the cruise and don't let the matre de see as the waiters have to hand over all tips.

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