Posted April 18th, 2018, 11:41 AM
I would rather have it as part of the cost. Makes it easier beforehand.
I just looked and saw the kids staff is not included in dsc. Iím definitely thinking of adjusting my sonís dsc downward and giving it to them. Plus extra to steward. That seems more fair as he will spend a lot of time there.
Here's something you may or may not need to consider.
How does your son behave in the restaurants?
Does the waitstaff take initiative to bring something special to pacify your son?
Did you need to make any special food requests through the waitstaff for your son?
I've observed tables with small children where the floor looked like a food fight must have occurred with the mess left behind. Some parents will acknowledge the bus person with an additional gratuity and say I'm sorry for the mess. Others will walk away thinking "that's their job to clean it up."
Did your son eat off of a plate and use the flatware as you did at the buffet? Did your son clear away and clean the table?
On a 7 day recent Getaway sailing I had opportunity to eat 21 meals. All but three were eaten in The Haven Restaurant. Of those 18 meals, I think 14 were eaten at the same table with the same server because the DR manager knew my preference.
At the end of the cruise I provided an additional gratuity to that server who approached me later with more gratitude and stated: "that was too much." I didn't think so. I left an additional cash gratuity for each of the two dinners I ate outside The Haven and a cash gratuity to the bartender that served me lunch and drinks on embarkation.
I provided an extra gratuity to my room steward. (And of course, I gave a gratuity to my butler and concierge team, as they do not participate in the DSC.)
I never set foot in the buffet or any of the MDR's. Despite that, every penny of my DSC remained in place. Was I cheated or did I feel I didn't need to pay? NO, not at all.
As you consider what to do, should you feel the staff isn't deserving, or you're being cheated, then perhaps instead feel that you're doing a little something extra.