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VandenBerg - Answered a Question by Rogers (19 Aug 08 23:14)

Having recently enjoyed a cruise on the Navigator of the Seas tipping was optional any where you went. You are expected to give basic tips but you can eat anywhere. Its all good.

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a - Answered a Question by Rogers (18 Aug 08 15:38)

RCI are trialling 'my time dining' on 6 of their ships. You can eat between 6-9.30 in the main dining room only. To do this you have to prepay the tips as of course you get a different waiter every night. The agent you spoke to gave you misleading info. It is only the main dining room that this applies to.

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mccormack - replied to a (18 Aug 08 18:49)

What are the 6 ships doing my time dining.

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a - replied to mccormack (20 Aug 08 12:53)

My time is on: Brilliance of the Seas February 22 - December 21, 2008 Freedom of the Seas October 15, 2007 - December 28, 2008 Serenade of the Seas March 8 - December 27, 2008 Jewel of the Seas June 16, 2008 - December 29, 2008 Radiance of the Seas June 20, 2008 - December 20, 2008 Independence of the Seas July 26, 2008 - December 27, 2008 .

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Turkington - replied to a (21 Aug 08 06:45)

Thank's for letting me know, I will make sure I don't book on these ships. How can you possibly pre-pay a tip??? It should be given if the service is good, if one can afford it and at an amount a person want's to give. For a lot of people a Cruise is a luxury, I am now retired but when I did my job I got paid for it and did not expect to receive tips. A Company cannot pay below the minimum wage, so why the compunction to tip when they are only doing their job???.

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a - replied to Turkington (21 Aug 08 21:01)

There is no such thing as the minumum wage in the USA. The 4 people that are on the tipping scheme earn $50 per month. The tips make up their income. You don't tip = they don't earn. Those are the simple facts.

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wilde - replied to a (22 Aug 08 21:23)

And no one forces them to work on cruise ships its there choice yes CHOICE and that why the CUSTOMER should also have the CHOICE to tip or not to tip ! dont you dictate who and when its the customer who decides and the sooner tipping is baqnished from life all together then all the better for all ! because then and only then will the real workers work !

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ludlam - replied to a (21 Aug 08 16:27)

100% correct. I totally disagree with pre-pay tipping but we will be penalized, by not having the choice of 'my time dining' which we would prefer.

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Moyes - Answered a Question by Rogers (19 Aug 08 20:47)

Complete tosh! Get a new agent.

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Penning - Answered a Question by Rogers (19 Aug 08 23:55)

Hi, we've just come back from the Mariner (w/c 27/07/08) and no, you're not tied to the main dining room if you don't pre-pay. You eat where you want when you want (and there is food everywhere!). However, we chose to pre-pay and it worked very well. You pre pay your tips and then get vouchers for the waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter + cabin attendant. On the final day you hand these over in marked envelopes. This does not tie you to the main dining room each night (indeed we chose not to use this on one occassion) but you do have allocated space if you want. Your waiter will be there for you even if you are not! You do not have to subscribe to this is you prefer not do and can still tip using the traditional method - but I recommend pre payment as it worked really well - takes the pressure off re: the US obsession with tipping. Just pay them a decent wage in the first place!!

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