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I am a little worried now, that if I don't tip copiously to every person that does anything at all for me then I am going to be treated poorly.

Being from Australia, (yes the dreaded non tipping Aussie) I am comfortable knowing that every service I use is done by a person that is paid to do the job, probably over paid, and that is another problem, Us Aussies are so accustomed to overpaying for every product and service we use it is hard to then pay somebody extra after already paying a fairly high price for the cruise originally, and paying a gratuity to people we may never even get to see.

I wish I could get tipped every time I go out of my way to please a customer, it would certainly make my take home pay a lot better, as I always go out of my way to please customers.

Peter

 

Hi Peter,

 

Don't worry about tipping. Royal Caribbean will pretty much take care of it for you. If you feel that it is necessary to tip extra, then do so. Otherwise enjoy your cruise!

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Hi Peter,

 

Don't worry about tipping. Royal Caribbean will pretty much take care of it for you. If you feel that it is necessary to tip extra, then do so. Otherwise enjoy your cruise!

I agree. Not tipping extra is not going to result in poor service.  I also do not believe in tipping in advance for good service (that's called bribery LOL).

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You can have your gratuities included with your final payment, if you wish. (It's required to do so if you have My Time Dining.) Simply contact your travel agent (or Royal Caribbean, if you don't have one) and ask that they be paid in advance.

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You can have your gratuities included with your final payment, if you wish. (It's required to do so if you have My Time Dining.) Simply contact your travel agent (or Royal Caribbean, if you don't have one) and ask that they be paid in advance.

Beat me to the answer.  Good post Marc!

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  • 7 months later...

As someone new to cruising, I find tipping the hardest part to navigate. Several websites provide different advice, so it's really hard to grasp. As stated, tips are required, but as an American it's awkward when you don't; sometimes :)

 

I choose my time dining, so all my tips are collected and paid in advance, but to me the total tips collected seem low. Especially since they are dispersed among so many; they include room stewards, waiters in dining room, etc...

 

My first, and only cruise, I tipped as follows:

 

Porters: $2 per bag.

 

Drinks: I realize that every drink includes a 15% gratuity, but when someone brings me a drink, I usually add $1 per drink. Getting a drink myself from the bar I may not add a tip, unless they are personable. Since they are collected anyway, I am not sure what the point is... the person proving the service doesn't keep the tip, they share in the total tips. Correct?

 

Waiters: Last night of cruise, I tipped the MDR waiters $50 ($25 each); I only ate there three times.

 

Steward: I really liked our steward, he was very helpful providing ice each day, extra pillows, extra towels, answers to questions, etc.... I tipped him $100. I think this May have been double what I should have.

 

Special restaurants: not sure how I did this, I only ate in one and it was not good. Plus I ordered a bottle of wine... so the up charge was $30 per person, plus $60 for wine, ... maybe $40?

 

Room service: Morning coffee, breakfast, dinner, $2-$5

 

For some reason I feel a need to tip... I also think that the pay for most of the wait staff is low, so if I am treated well then I can provide a little thank you. Interested in others ideas and specifics.

 

Mike_

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I've always tipped for room service even on lines that stated that it was covered by the daily charge. Otherwise, I've only tipped extra for exceptional service, which has been most often at the coffee bars when on the drink packages as I loved that they knew my drink by the second day. On NCL, we also tipped extra in their cafe as a server there was exceptional with my son everyday we passed through.

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How much is acceptable for a your cabin steward for a 7 night cruise.

With the automatic gratuities, Royal Caribbean just has a flat daily gratuity rate of $12.00 USD ($14.25 USD for Suite guests) that is split among stateroom attendant, waiter, assistant waiter and head waiter. I forget the breakdown percentage of who gets what but your stateroom attendant gets the majority of it.

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Really? If that is the case why are different venues different fees? Either way, what ever you tip in addition in the MDR, you would do same in Chops I guess,

 

Thanks,

 

Mike_

I'm guessing here, but the fee you pay has partly to due with the cost of the higher quality food.  

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