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There is what you're supposed to do and what you are comfortable doing when it comes to tipping. RCC alleviates some of the stress by allowing you to prepay gratuity and adding it into all services. I always tip a bit extra, not because I feel guilt or obligation but because I feel the service warranted it. I am low maintenance but I appreciate not having to make my bed and tidy up for however long I am on the cruise. I have work associates who like to over tip for the 'gram/culture/narcissism. Those same people often go home upset at how much debt they are in. No one knows your situation, so do exactly what you feel comfortable doing, they appreciate it either way.

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Ok, first, if you're reading a forum where people are shaming other people, leave that forum.  That's unnecessary.  We don't do that here. There's no reason for you to feel badly about a cruise like t

$50 is very generous.  Whoever said that the daily grats don’t get the room attendants doesn’t know what he** they’re talking about.  They most certainly do.  Ignore that forum. Someone is just trying

First, I agree with everything that everyone has said. Now, let me come at this from a different direction. Once upon a time, I was a cocktail waitress in college. Meaning, I have worked in an en

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51 minutes ago, Ampurp85 said:

I always tip a bit extra, not because I feel guilt or obligation but because I feel the service warranted it. I am low maintenance but I appreciate not having to make my bed and tidy up for however long I am on the cruise. 

 

Just because I love being Keanu and playing the devils advocate, but if (part) of your standard gratuities are not already going to making the bed and tidying up, what are they going to? To me, keep the room tidy and made is the job that they're already getting your gratuities more. Personally, they'll have to do more than that to get something extra from me. 

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@Zacharius Maybe its worded wrong but what I am saying is I don't ask for much other than them doing their job. Some people expect towel animals and them to remember exactly how they left this or that. Also there are people who will refuse gratuities because they felt like this basic service was not up to their standards. I always leave money for hotel housekeepers because I think cleaning up behind people takes a special type of person. I am not filthy or high maintenance but I know a lot of people are. My extra is the steward doing their job with a smile on their face. I am also one of those people who never tip at like a Starbucks or fast food place because they never do extra in my opinion.

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1 hour ago, Branderson610 said:

I just pay the prepaid gratuities and keep it moving. I don't care what anyone else thinks. I did exactly what the cruise suggested.

Me too. Don't see the point or feel obligated to paying gratuities twice.

Not to mention that the cruise lines added pre-paid gratuities so you don't have to worry about tipping.

And...I think it a bad precedent to tip extra. It lowers the standard of service. I've always gotten good to very good service on a cruise but  I've yet to get service over and above what I expected.

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4 hours ago, kittysoul said:

Thanks to you both! @SpeedNoodles  and @dodgestang ... I know i shouldnt listen to these people and i definitely would be better off to leave a group like that, you are very right.  and... 100 per day??  who are these freakin' people?? geez!

They are people siting behind their laptops writing things which may be true but then again may not be!!  i could say i left $200 per day as a tip just to look good and appear better than others, but in reality i may only have left $50 as a whole like you did. People Bullshit just to look good ignore them and do as you wish.....BTW im scottish and the only thing we tip is our glengarrys lol 

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I was under the impression that even when you tip someone cash, that money is documented and then put in to the same pot as prepaid gratuities and divided among everyone, I know for sure I heard that about dinning room staff, is it not the same for cabin stewards or does it change when a guest has already prepaid and then tips cash during the cruise?

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@swimking1 I waitress part time and I can tell you that cash is not documented unless you want it to be. I think if you leave cash at the service desk, then it is divvied up among your intendeds. But I'm sure in like 95% of cases, the individual who receives it gets to keep it.

Also to each their own, you can tip extra or not. It's the porters job to solely handle luggage, yet we tip for that.

Funny story, in Egypt they will rush to do things you could do yourself, just for a tip. I can get my own toilet paper but there are ladies in the bathroom waiting to do that for you so they can get a tip. They will take your camera for a picture, without asking, then put hands out for a tip. They gave you the slightest information, they want a tip. My brother said I was setting a bad precedence because I always left $1. But I knew what a dollar was to me and how much it might mean to them.

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20 hours ago, kittysoul said:

 people have made me feel nothing but horrible now...

First, I agree with everything that everyone has said.

Now, let me come at this from a different direction. Once upon a time, I was a cocktail waitress in college. Meaning, I have worked in an environment where tipping is done. And I saw ALL sorts. From the entitled "you should be paying me for the honour of waiting on me" types to the "hey, you're pretty, here's a hundred bucks for existing" types. And everything in between.

I think, at the end of the day, people who are in the service industry (at least myself and those I worked with as a waitress and later on when I was a bartender) get that not everyone is loaded with cash to throw around. I do think there is a general expectation from those who wait on you to have you pay your bill for what you have ordered and (where/when appropriate) leave a gratuity. And, yes, on the rare occasion, it's super nice if someone rich gives you more out of the kindness of their heart (it happens) or because they are trying to show off.

But here is the thing. On the other side, they can tell usually (especially after spending a week dealing with them) who is showing off, who is being kind, who is being an ass, and who is giving what they can. While you have entitled people everywhere, when working in the service industry personally, I would tell you that if you were a decent client who didn't berate me or demand ridiculous things or constantly complain then I'd already feel like I'd won. If you paid your expected RC gratuity then, excellent. Good to go. If you'd tipped me ON TOP of that, even if only $10, then I'd have been super appreciative that you'd thought enough of my time and attention to go above and beyond.

At the end of the day (as I think you have gathered from the other responses) you have nothing to be ashamed of. Anyone trying to make you feel ashamed has their own issues they are dealing with and chances are you could have tipped double what you tipped and someone would have said it still wasn't enough. There are some people that it will never be enough for. From the other side of the table, from the service side, I'd rather have a kind client who tipped me the absolute minimum but wasn't a PITA all week. Having dealt with PITAs, I can say there is no amount of money in the world for putting up with some peoples' *ahem*.

I'd be like, "Here's your money back. GTFO."

No shame. You were more than generous.

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21 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I have to pay my dog sitter almost that much a day as it is, I am not paying my room steward that much on top of it, lol.

We’ve always been lucky to leave our little fur babies with family but we are planning a family cruise in April 2021.  We have four dogs and guess we need to start saving now to be able to afford their kennel cost. 

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14 minutes ago, Psycho and Barb said:

We’ve always been lucky to leave our little fur babies with family but we are planning a family cruise in April 2021.  We have four dogs and guess we need to start saving now to be able to afford their kennel cost. 

Yeah, I have no family, and they are far too big to bring to anyone else's house (we need a large yard with a 6' fence to contain them, lol). Kenneling doesn't work well for us for many reasons, one of which is that we feed raw, and kennels aren't equipped to handle that.

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9 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Yeah, I have no family, and they are far too big to bring to anyone else's house (we need a large yard with a 6' fence to contain them, lol). Kenneling doesn't work well for us for many reasons, one of which is that we feed raw, and kennels aren't equipped to handle that.

We always kennel our dogs, a majority of our friends are cat people, so with 3 terrier dogs (scottish terriers), they don't do well w/ felines, but our kennel has always been good at taking care of the dogs. They get play time, in/out kennel access all day, and daily cuddling time. We pay extra for this, but its worth it to us and we tip the staff, as well at the end of each of our stays.

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4 minutes ago, Srp431 said:

We always kennel our dogs, a majority of our friends are cat people, so with 3 terrier dogs (scottish terriers), they don't do well w/ felines, but our kennel has always been good at taking care of the dogs. They get play time, in/out kennel access all day, and daily cuddling time. We pay extra for this, but its worth it to us and we tip the staff, as well at the end of each of our stays.

That's awesome! We're both Minnesotans, too!  My other issue is that my two males are intact, and that creates issues for kennels as well (they can't be kenneled together).

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16 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Yeah, I have no family, and they are far too big to bring to anyone else's house (we need a large yard with a 6' fence to contain them, lol). Kenneling doesn't work well for us for many reasons, one of which is that we feed raw, and kennels aren't equipped to handle that.

We might look into just having someone stop by and check on them a couple of times a day.  We have doggie doors so they can go in and out to the backyard to do their business...The majority of their time is spent laying around and sleeping 😴 

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4 minutes ago, Psycho and Barb said:

We might look into just having someone stop by and check on them a couple of times a day.  We have doggie doors so they can go in and out to the backyard to do their business...The majority of their time is spent laying around and sleeping 😴 

The dog doors would need to be so big here that people could just come into the house - or coyotes, fox, raccoons, small ungulates, lol.

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I will say, for that our upcoming cruise where we were able to get the $18/day drink package - we'll be packing a bunch of $1's to bump up the tipping for the bartenders. The $15 gratuity we paid for the whole package - it just ain't gonna cover the amount of work our crew is going take! LOL

We tip about $10/day for the room steward if it's just us. If the 4 little piglets are with us - we bump it up some - because we know the level of care our room is going to take. $50 is a very generous tip for your room steward, and I am sure they were grateful. People claiming to do more are either lying or showing off. Do what you feel is right. 

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Totally understand the original poster's (@kittysoul) question and dilemma.  You are kind to show compassion and concern to make sure you are tipping appropriately.

Totally don't understand why ANYONE feels they have the right to browbeat others about tipping.  It's a personal decision based on each individual's experience on the ship and their own economics.   Maybe those people should mind their own business and let the rest of us enjoy our cruises!   

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On 2/14/2020 at 11:08 AM, kittysoul said:

I finished my first RC cruise last month... and have my next one coming up in May.  I was on the Facebook RC cruising pages (various ones) and it seems that the tipping questions always come up (as they do in here, I know too)...  people have made me feel nothing but horrible now...  After hanging out in these boards for months, i am still confused about the tipping stuff.... on Anthem last month, I paid my prepaid gratuities...and then put 50 dollars in an envelope and left for our cabin steward at the end.  I thought I had done right...and felt good about it... until today, I am in the Anthem of the Seas FB page, and all of these folks are in there shaming each other about what they leave... saying the prepaid gratuities dont even really get to your room steward, and so you must leave them at least 20 dollars per day extra... or at least 100 dollars at the end of the week.... it seems like no matter what you do, someone is always going to come along and shame you into feeling like it wasnt enough.   I just want to make sure I understand what the real norm is before my Harmony cruise in May.  Should I bump up my amount to 100 for the cabin steward..   I know, everyone should do what they can and think is right, but with so much conflicting information, i am overwhelmed with it all now.  

Don't listen to those jackasses, The room stewards get there tips and everybody else on the ship! You think they be working if they didn't get there money. I have been on 12 cruise and l have had a lot of great staff. What the f is wrong with people, they don't get there money. Let me ask you this if you worked at your job and you didn't get paid the first week you work there would you go back when the 2nd week started? If you did your a jackass! If that's a picture you have pretty eyes. Tip the way you feel is good for you!

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On 2/14/2020 at 11:08 AM, kittysoul said:

I finished my first RC cruise last month... and have my next one coming up in May.  I was on the Facebook RC cruising pages (various ones) and it seems that the tipping questions always come up (as they do in here, I know too)...  people have made me feel nothing but horrible now...  After hanging out in these boards for months, i am still confused about the tipping stuff.... on Anthem last month, I paid my prepaid gratuities...and then put 50 dollars in an envelope and left for our cabin steward at the end.  I thought I had done right...and felt good about it... until today, I am in the Anthem of the Seas FB page, and all of these folks are in there shaming each other about what they leave... saying the prepaid gratuities dont even really get to your room steward, and so you must leave them at least 20 dollars per day extra... or at least 100 dollars at the end of the week.... it seems like no matter what you do, someone is always going to come along and shame you into feeling like it wasnt enough.   I just want to make sure I understand what the real norm is before my Harmony cruise in May.  Should I bump up my amount to 100 for the cabin steward..   I know, everyone should do what they can and think is right, but with so much conflicting information, i am overwhelmed with it all now.  

What you did was perfect.  Don't listen to what others say.

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