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Bowker - Answered a Question by robinson (02 Feb 09 16:39)

You may be about to start WW3 with this question, it is in the same group as smoking & formal dress. I have pre-paid my gratuities for an RCI Cruise in March this gives me the opportunity for "My Time Dining" I personally prefer to get everything out of the way. Not sure if the Indy does MTD.

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Wilba - replied to Bowker (02 Feb 09 19:45)

Tin helmets anyone???!!!

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by robinson (02 Feb 09 16:03)

This is an area which regulars tread around very gently, if you look at "Find a Question" and highlight "Gratuities" under topics you will get loads of differing views. We always have ours added to our Onboard Account which we always opt to pay in dollars, not letting the cruise line do the conversion for us. I have seldom had any course to change the amount suggested but the option is there should you feel that someone has not given indifferent service. Just be aware that any criticism of a member of crew is taken very seriously and is not to be treated lightly. ....... Neil.

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Baylie - Answered a Question by robinson (03 Feb 09 11:30)

Hi there, you need to think about how you are going to use the restaurants. Because we were a family with 2 children we were not sure how they would get on in the main dining room so we did not prepay our gratuities as it does limit who the tip goes to. You get preprinted vouchers to hand to the staff at the end of your cruise. Instead we took dollars with us and gave the suggested amount per day to our waiters for the time we used the dining room and then saved some for the staff in the windjammer (we always tried to sit in the same area). The one downside to doing this is that you can only take advantage of 'My Time' dining if you have prepaid your gratuities and this is something we would do if we found ourselves allocated the earlier sitting as we found this was too early. I have never found an occassion that I did not want to tip the staff, they all work very hard and would probably want to resolve any issues of inadequate services with a quiet word rather than withold the tip, sometimes this is all it takes.

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robinson - replied to Baylie (03 Mar 09 21:49)

Sorry this is late thank u for your time.

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