Tipping in £sterling or Euros

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#1
BOURNEMOUTH
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Joined May 2012
We are looking forward to our third P&O Cruise (on Ventura) in two weeks time and looking for advice on whether to tip (i.e. additional tips we wish to offer via envelope at end of cruise) in Sterling or Euros. On our cruises on Oriana 2015/16 we used Euros, presuming that sterling would be of little use to the crew members as on changeover day in Southampton I assume shore leave is cancelled.
However I have remembered a post re tipping for Room Service which suggested having a supply of £1 coins to leave on the tray for the cabin steward.

Would be grateful for advice on this issue
#3
England
787 Posts
Joined Aug 2014
This once came up during a passenger Q&A with the Purser (when they used to do them and when they were still called Pursers!). The preferred currency for tips is Sterling but staff are very happy to accept gratuities in any other currency as P&O will exchange it for them, commission free.
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#4
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Joined Dec 2016
Originally posted by Selbourne
This once came up during a passenger Q&A with the Purser (when they used to do them and when they were still called Pursers!). The preferred currency for tips is Sterling but staff are very happy to accept gratuities in any other currency as P&O will exchange it for them, commission free.
Fortunately we use £sterling and it is the P&O currency onboard for the crew as well so i always give pounds.
When on American ships i always take a quantity of dollars for additional tips for crew.