ETHERSON - Answered a Question by ETHERSON (12 Nov 11 11:17)

I have just come off the INDO and would like to make a comment regarding the gratuities ..i paid for a party of six to travel...BALCONY.S...i also paid up front the gratuities which came to £462...i was not on ..mytime dining either.. not given the choice... can i just say that all of us felt that was far to much ..i would advise anyone else travelling not to pay the gratuities upfront and to wait until you are onboard and make your own mind up as to whome you want to tip and how much also, as at the end of the cruise you are just given slips of paper telling you who you are tipping and not how much either...not all persons on the slips of paper were due to be given a tip at all...people who do not pay gratuities ufront are not treated any differant from anyone else who have so make your mind up at the end of your trip as to whome you want to tip.. i am not saying dont tip but the price RC are advising you in our opinion is to much..where else do you get tips like this for doing your daily job..mags...x.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by ETHERSON (12 Oct 11 15:41)

The 15% is to cover the Bar Staff, in addition to the pre paid gratuities that are for the Cabin and Table staff and is non negotiable............Wilba.

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Neil and Ida Down - Answered a Question by ETHERSON (12 Oct 11 15:55)

These are two separate kinds of gratuities.

The ones you have paid are for those of the crew who serve you in one way or another and are not obligatory unless you are on My Time Dining

The ones on drinks and spa treatments and the like are mandatory and are added to your bill when you purchase certain items.

On Independence of the Seas, however, I do not think that they have reintroduced the extra gratuity on drinks yet so it looks like you aren't charged ( I just think they raised the price of the drinks to cover it so it looks like you don't pay, call me a cynic if you like

So after all that ....no I don't think you will pat 15% extra on drinks. Someone will correct me if it has changed I'm sure. ......Neil .

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Wilba - replied to Neil and Ida Down (12 Oct 11 16:37)

Neil is quite correct, they have 'built' the 15% into the price of drinks on IOTS whilst it sails out of UK waters, so the price you see on the bar menu is the price you pay with nothing added. I am in the same 'Cynics Club' as Neil...........Wilba.

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ETHERSON - replied to Neil and Ida Down (12 Oct 11 16:50)

So would have been better not paying the £77 a head for the gratuities neil....margaret.

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Wilba - replied to ETHERSON (12 Oct 11 17:02)

Margaret, the £77 pounds you have paid is nothing to do with the drinks charges. As i stated earlier that money is to cover the cabin and table stewards........Wilba.

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to ETHERSON (12 Oct 11 19:45)

No Margaret, to my way of thinking, paying the gratuities for "service" gets it out of the way, you don't have to think about it any more, its done and dusted.

I like it that way because I know that there are no extras added later other than those I have control over (or Ida does if she gets to the shops)

If I have a beer I always ask for a receipt, or for that matter anything else that I buy. So at the end of the cruise I know exactly what I have spent I there are no surprises.. ....Neil.

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ETHERSON - replied to Neil and Ida Down (13 Oct 11 09:07)

Thankyou for all comments very helpful.

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ETHERSON - replied to Neil and Ida Down (13 Oct 11 13:57)

Hi NEIL we are not on my time dining ,i was told when i booked the first SITTING at 6.30 was the only one that was left...MARGARET..X.

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Brian - Answered a Question by ETHERSON (12 Oct 11 17:58)

Also just to add, iff you and your party think you will have more than 6-7 drinks per day,alcoholic that is, it might be cheaper for you to buy the drinks packages, they range I think from $39 to $55 each per day, both people per cabin have to buy them, only you can descide wether it will be worth it....Brian.

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