P&O Cruises Australia Removes Auto-Gratuities
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A spokesperson adds that as "tips are not part of the onboard pay structure for Australian ships," the end of the auto-gratuity policy will not impact fares or crewmember salaries,this makes it clear that a tip can be given (or not) according to service received rather than due to feeling one has to, because otherwise they don't earn enough.
While I have only cruised once where the tips where included, there appeared to be a direct relationship to the poor service received and the automatiic tipping- -- why should they go out of their way to provide good service when they we getting compensated for the bad service the cruise line encouraged them to provide (by the policy) to begin with?I agree. I have cruised twice, once on Celebrity (excellent service) and once on Princess Australia (hit and miss service) both of these the gratuity was automatically included in our fare price. We are cruising with Costa in December and our gratuities are automatically included (we cannot remove them). I am hoping I get value for my gratuity, and I may just become a pain to get that value.
Tipping does not necessarily translate into better service, as those who have cruised on Seabourn can attest.. The have outstanding service without tips!