UK cruises, new gratuities

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#1
UK
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Joined Aug 2004
With the weak pound and new raise in daily tips how do you feel about paying £21 a day in tips per couple.
#2
Christchurch
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Joined Jun 2016
Thankfully our were part of the free grats promotion for our summer cruise next year so can only hope the gbp recovers somewhat before I think about our next booking!
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#3
Warwickshire, England
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Since the £ dropped by 20% against the $ I'm sticking to £ based cruise lines for now which really means P&O. The increase in gratuities doesn't help either, that's twice the price of P&O now so you would save £140 on a fortnight cruise which is a lot of wine!
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#4
Staffordshire
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Originally posted by antsp
With the weak pound and new raise in daily tips how do you feel about paying £21 a day in tips per couple.
Simple I refuse to pay it so will be removing gratuities. It has been said that you are making staff suffer when it is not their decision to raise gratuities, but writing to managers or complaining to Princess on Facebook/Twitter falls on deaf ears. This is the second increase this year totally 17% increase in wages and I have not received that amount in total over 5 years so do not believe all the gratuities go to the staff just to boost Princess profits.
#5
346 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by majortom10
Simple I refuse to pay it so will be removing gratuities. It has been said that you are making staff suffer when it is not their decision to raise gratuities, but writing to managers or complaining to Princess on Facebook/Twitter falls on deaf ears. This is the second increase this year totally 17% increase in wages and I have not received that amount in total over 5 years so do not believe all the gratuities go to the staff just to boost Princess profits.
I agree and until they(Princess) make the cruise cost and promotions(Sip n Sail etc) a level playing field with those available in the US I will continue to remove tips. I've seen on here before all the rubbish about 'when in Rome do what the Romans do' or should that be what US citizens do.
#6
UK
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Joined Aug 2004
Its starting to get expensive, for our next 10 day cruise for the 3 of us it's over £300, that to me is getting out of hand. If Princess wants to keep attracting UK passengers they are going to have do something, for the first time in my cruising life I'm seriously considering reducing our tips.
#8
Warwickshire, England
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Originally posted by susiesan
Can you book with a US cruise agent and pay in dollars if you are a UK resident?
Not without a US postal address, basically no we cant.
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#9
UK
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Paying in dollars makes no differance at all, $13.50 is still £10.50. If the £ is your home currency the cost is the cost.
#11
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Solution is not to book Princess or any other American line if you do not agree with their policies. There are lots of other cruise lines out there.
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#12
UK
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Originally posted by SadieN
Solution is not to book Princess or any other American line if you do not agree with their policies. There are lots of other cruise lines out there.

Not so helpful if the cruise is already booked
#13
UK
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Joined Aug 2004
Originally posted by UK Cruiser2
Don't know when the increase is planned but our gratuities for a 15 night cruise departing in 2 weeks is £135:98 each for a 15 night cruise
When the new rate kicks in it will be £155
#14
Newcastle England
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Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by SadieN
Solution is not to book Princess or any other American line if you do not agree with their policies. There are lots of other cruise lines out there.
SadieN,I wasn't disagreeing with the policies. We have cruised mainly with American cruise lines. I was only wondering what the gratuities costs are,or when they are due to increase ? We are having a quite expensive trip anyway.23 nights in total, 1 night in London,4 nights Vegas,15 nights Hawaii cruise,than 2 night L.A. before we fly back to the UK so really we do spend a fair bit whether it be £ or $ on our trips.
#16
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Can always prepay them at the current rate. The new grats start on cruises starting on or after Dec 15, 2016

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Dear Princess Guest:

To ensure our guest service on board remains among the best in the cruise industry, Princess Cruises has increased the daily gratuity charge for all voyages departing on or after December 15, 2016.

The new daily gratuity amounts are $13.50 USD per guest for interior, oceanview, and balcony staterooms (including children), $14.50 USD per guest for mini-suites (including Club Class), and $15.50 USD per guest for suites.

The gratuity rate increase is comparable to cruise industry standards and underlines our commitment toward our crew for the excellent service they provide our guests.

You have the opportunity to prepay your daily gratuities at the current rate through November 15, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. You may prepay through your Cruise Personalizer or contact us at 1-800-PRINCESS. Guests booked with promotions that include paid gratuities will not be affected by this rate increase.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you aboard.




Sincerely,
Princess Cruises
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#17
Newcastle England
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Joined Apr 2006
We sail in 17 days or so on Crown (5th Oct) We wont get the increase but in the big picture of our trip its not mega expansive, Thanks SadieN
#18
Burlington Ontario
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Originally posted by antsp
When the new rate kicks in it will be £155
That's only £10 per day and look at the service you are getting. I am a Brit living in Canada so I understand the tipping culture in the UK of just leaving a couple of quid on the table after a meal but I don't think £10 a day is excessive for the service you receive. IMO
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#19
Newcastle England
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Originally posted by windsurferfirst
That's only £10 per day and look at the service you are getting. I am a Brit living in Canada so I understand the tipping culture in the UK of just leaving a couple of quid on the table after a meal but I don't think £10 a day is excessive for the service you receive. IMO
I don't thinks its excessive either. I always keep the on board gratuities and then tip even more to bartenders,waiters,housekeeping etc.
#20
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by tjwa
I agree and until they(Princess) make the cruise cost and promotions(Sip n Sail etc) a level playing field with those available in the US I will continue to remove tips. I've seen on here before all the rubbish about 'when in Rome do what the Romans do' or should that be what US citizens do.

You're looking for an excuse not to tip.
You're hurting the wrong people. The gratuity staff have NOTHING to do with the fares. Want to hurt Princess, don't book a Princess cruise.

Cruise lines have all sorts of promotions. We never seem to qualify. On rare occasions we'll encounter a California resident one. Think I've seen two in 10 years for the cruises we want to book. The other promotions are rarely on cruises we want to sail. Last promotion we booked was about 3 years ago.
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