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  1. Some people on sites like this will pick a fight no matter the topic-- easy to tell who they are after a while. Perks are mini " teasers " to make you feel important --- until you find out ( as we did ) that 90 % of the people on board are Elite or higher. And, to think how much we paid over the years for that free bag of laundry and that ONE scoop of gelato ( LOL ). Because we are non drinkers, don't really need the internet or a scoop of gelato we would prefer an a la carte pricing structure-- prior to 90 days of sailing when the selection of cabins is better. We have been on many cruises with Celebrity-- never had a bad one--- great food, excellent service , clean ships, so my answer is yes.
  2. So, when Pinboy graduated to Elite-- with all those " Free " ( ??? ) perks after spending thousands of $ US and couldn't wait for the gelato stand to open--- Yup, I asked for 2 scoops --- bragged ( ?? )that I'm now Elite, not knowing that 99.25 % are Elite or higher. The young lady just nodded and said " Elite guests are only entitled to one scoop " and out came the larger of the two scoops. You must be Super Duper Elite or even related to the the 18 yr old Server to get free scoops .
  3. " This year, I finished the 12oz ribeye and 9oz filet mignon at tuscan. So I could have done 2 ribeyes." Just read the above from the poster and take a guess --- LOL. I'll bet he/she also had the lamb chops and three warm chocolate cookie deserts ( one without the ice cream to save on the calories ).
  4. Just yesterday while lining up a putt on the 18th hole I was thinking the same thing about the gelato stand ---- it got me so confused that I missed a 2 ft putt. The same damn thing happened last week when thinking about who the CD might be on our next cruise. I'm giving up golf--- too stressful with all this CC " stuff " to worry about !! ( Who's going to be first to " So Don't Read It " )
  5. What the Staff receive from the Gratuities Included portion of the cruise fare is really part of their salary. There is a huge incentive to provide the excellent service we always receive because " some " passengers are more generous than the sleezebags that line up at the end of the cruise to remove the gratuities that the entire Staff rely on. They are smart enough to know that if they remove the Gratuities at the beginning of the cruise, the Staff are made aware of it , and , treat them accordingly. Knowing how to say Thank You ( $$$$ ) is not a "cultural " thing , it a " person " thing.
  6. We are non- drinkers but still received a bill. I assume they changed their policy since we last cruised ( 2019 ) prior to COVID.
  7. Excellent-- I assume they changed their policy and eliminated the confusion. Over the years we were in most Specialty Restaurants on all the S class ships and I can't remember not receiving a bill. We always handed our Server a gratuity for them to keep. Food, service always excellent.
  8. If I remember correctly , in the Specialty Restaurants Celebrity gives you a bill and on the bottom there is a line that reads " Additional Gratuity " , indicating that there already is a gratuity included in the price. However, if you add a tip to the bill, it is shared in the tip pool. If you hand $US ( No $Can please ) to your Server, they keep it for themselves.
  9. " Your reference to other posts means nothing " ---- to you. Ok, that's fair. How about this: Let's ALL be friends, tip what we think is appropriate based on the service and food we enjoyed. My post ( # 19 ) is exactly what we were told by Servers, Maitre'Ds and also a Hotel Manager. Therefore, we always felt comfortable tipping our Server directly --- ( but, not $100 ). In fact, usually the same Server invited us to return to their table another night -- at a reduced rate. I assume they were happy with our tip.
  10. " the service charge has always been the tip " Who's going to tip $ 30-50 per person to eat in a Specialty Restaurant ??? Kindly read #'s 19 and 24 --- Easy to understand.
  11. We have been to Murano, Tuscan Grill , Lawn Grill, etc , and in every Specialty Restaurant this is what we were told on more than one occasion : If you add a tip onto the bottom of the bill where it says " Additional Gratuity " , it goes into the pool. If you hand cash directly to whomever serves you, he/she keeps it for themselves . ( Only $US are acceptable )
  12. There are many who do get away without tipping. They go to the GR desk and ask for the Auto Gratuities to be removed early on in the cruise. Because the Staff are made aware of it, the " brave sleezebags " wait until the last night of the cruise to " stiff " the Staff that provided great service throughout the cruise.
  13. Is that You ??? Now I know who you are --- You're that " popular " ( ?? ) guy at our golf course that Nobody will play with. LOL-- I played 9 holes with him once and said I had to leave because I was only 8 under par .
  14. Simple- as soon as they walk towards the building, people that “ forgot “ to thank ( ?? ) the Porters , somehow their bags fall off the cart .
  15. You still don't understand --- " unless the " Bag " is around my age ( LOL ) !!!!! "
  16. You didn't get my humor about the " Bag " -- Re-read it. And , Yes I expect change if I hand the porter a US $100 bill --- ( LOL ) -- but, not if it's a Canadian $100.
  17. You might as well have said $25 a bag --- There's no way in hell anyone on CC would tip $10 a bag--- unless the " Bag " is around my age ( LOL ) !!!!!
  18. We never had a pager in our hand as in " We'll page you when your table is ready ". LOL-- So, I spent another few $ US --- no Big Deal --- ( except for our Canadian dollar exchange rate )
  19. LOL--- Same in Canada BUT--- They end up filling in " Lost Luggage " forms and spend their whole vacation in a tshirt, sloppy shorts, and Birkenstock sandals.
  20. Good for you-- Anything less and your bags might end up in " who knows where " instead of where you were sending them to. Same with the Porters at the cruise terminal. They call it " Knowing how to say Thank You ". And, bye the way--- Handing a tip to the restaurant Hostess at the beginning of the cruise is a very good " Insurance policy "
  21. Understood--- But, if you are only contributing to the Auto Gratuities, you don't need a spreadsheet. Personally, I prefer to tip who I want and let the Cruise Line pay higher wages to non-frontline employees. Example--- We are non drinkers, but, part of my Auto Gratuities are added to their pool.
  22. So, what the hell do you keep a spreadsheet for ?? I'm not so sure I would like to serve you--- but, I'll have dinner with you any time and meet the " Real " you.
  23. Perfect--- I'm Exactly the same . I don't even take part in that friggin ,dumb , Silent Disco, the Newlywed Game or the How to look 16 yrs younger in 90 minutes " promise " ( ?? ) . ( OK, Ok so you like it----- Enjoy--- )
  24. 1-- Watch out--- You might get some backlash on that ?? 2-- Absolutely correct--- However , ever notice all the pages on " Who's On Board " ??? 3-- Years back a new employee asked whether the Company gave a day off on their birthday . The Boss answered ---" We also give you a day off if you drop dead "--- 4-- Absolutely correct --- It should not be permitted ---- ( even if the Server forgets to bring your 3rd shrimp cocktail ).
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