Posted March 16th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Last edited by Travelcat2; March 16th, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I tried to not respond to this post as it goes against everything that I believe Regent stands for. And, I understand that people from the U.S. have some kind of weird compulsion to tip (I was born here and understand that compulsion). However, I have a very firm belief that tipping on Regent undermines everything good that Regent has to offer.
When you tip a Butler, you ignore the people who prepared the food that he delivers to your suite. When you tip the Steward/Stewardess you ignore the people who wash and iron your linens. Actually, when you tip the staff it encourages an expectation that should not exist on this type of luxury cruise line. If people from the United States continue to do this, the entire premise upon what luxury cruise lines were built would be diminished. IMO, tipping the crew disrespects Regent (and I feel very strongly on this issue). Here we have a thread (different thread) that does not want to tip tour guides and drivers -- people who are not receiving extra money from Regent for serving you. . . . yet, passengers want to go against guidelines and tip the crew.
If there is money burning a hole in your pocket, donate to the Crew Fund. At least this benefits ALL crew members! Sorry for being heavy handed and sarcastic. . . . but, hearing that some people tip (against suggestions) and others don't makes me furious.
Would love to hear that you enjoyed your upgrade and your Butler. But, please, if you tip the Butler, don't post it on CC.
P.S. It is due to my deep respect for CC rules that I don't state exactly how I feel. PLEASE -- don't ruin Regent!
Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience - I want those all to be very sharp tools in my shed.
Total nights: Regent = 365 / Silversea = 36 / Oceania = 26 (Upcoming 74 nights: 1 Explorer, 2 Voyager and 1 Mariner)
Sailings per ship: Explorer (4), Voyager (11), Mariner (9), Navigator (3), PG (1), Silver Spirit (1), Silver Whisper (1), Silver Shadow (1), Oceania Riviera (2)
Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona – Dubai / Barcelona - Miami / Cape Town – Rio (2 sailings) / Cape Town - Cape Town / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / CHRISTENING CRUISE - Explorer - Monte Carlo-Monte Carlo / Ft. Lauderdale – Lima / Istanbul-Istanbul / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami – Barcelona 2 sailings) / Miami-Miami (Amazon) / Mumbai – Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo