Admin fee on tips

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#1
UK
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Not a Princess issue, or at least I hope not. A friend has just told me that RCCL take a admin fee out of the daily gratuity that passengers pay on their ships, they do this as they as the company collect and distribute the money, I didn’t believe this but on checking the RCCL website it is true. Has anyone heard of this being the case with Princess.
#2
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Not heard of it, nor noticed it on the bill. Unless it is included on the daily gratuity itself.


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#3
UK
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No it’s not on the RCCL bill, it’s just that the $13.50 a day doesn’t completely go to the crew
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Chelsea MA
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Wow!! That’s just soooooooo wrong. It’s like stealing from the people that work so hard...
I hope Carnival-Princess never decides to do it.
Tony
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#6
Colorado
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Joined Jan 2005
Any actual evidence of this? Have never heard of it and certainly hasn't been reported on RCI board or from my experience talking with RCI crew.
#7
Florida
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Joined Jun 2010
Per Carnival

For your convenience, Carnival automatically charges the gratuities for dining and stateroom staff to your onboard Sail & Sign account.

The total amount is $12.95 per guest, per day and breakdown as follows:
  • Stateroom service team - $3.90 per day
  • Dining room service team - $6.10 per day
  • Alternative services team* - $2.00 per day(*galley, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members)
#9
Land of Bad Comedy
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Joined Aug 2012
I don't see any "Admin fee on tips" on the Royal Caribbean Website. If it is there, please copy and paste it to the thread.
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#10
Miami, Florida
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Joined Jan 2017
Originally posted by Lucky TGO
Wow!! That’s just soooooooo wrong. It’s like stealing from the people that work so hard...
I hope Carnival-Princess never decides to do it.
Tony
Sorry, but Princess and HAL both skim about 10% from the tip pool before it is paid to the crew. They use this money to pay credit card fees and to establish a "slush fund" to cover tip pool shortages on other ships when too many Brits and Aussies remove the auto-tips.
#11
WA state
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Joined Oct 2014
Originally posted by CHPURSER
Sorry, but Princess and HAL both skim about 10% from the tip pool before it is paid to the crew. They use this money to pay credit card fees and to establish a "slush fund" to cover tip pool shortages on other ships when too many Brits and Aussies remove the auto-tips.
And you know this for a fact, exactly how? Not trying to sound snarky here, but it's easy to say something like without any real proof or reference.

Tom
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This should be a good thread. I'm making popcorn.
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#14
Las Vegas
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Originally posted by Bill B
This should be a good thread. I'm making popcorn.

lol ... yep! Brits, Aussies????? Opinions?
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#15
Los Angeles Ca.
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Originally posted by antsp
Not a Princess issue, or at least I hope not. A friend has just told me that RCCL take a admin fee out of the daily gratuity that passengers pay on their ships, they do this as they as the company collect and distribute the money, I didn’t believe this but on checking the RCCL website it is true. Has anyone heard of this being the case with Princess.
Princess does not give all of your auto tip to the crew. They use some for employee incentive programs and crew parties and other crew related things. Although this isn't an Admin fee it's deceptive because people believe all their tip money goes into crew pockets.
#16
SoCal, USA
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Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by voljeep
Per Carnival

For your convenience, Carnival automatically charges the gratuities for dining and stateroom staff to your onboard Sail & Sign account.

The total amount is $12.95 per guest, per day and breakdown as follows:
  • Stateroom service team - $3.90 per day
  • Dining room service team - $6.10 per day
  • Alternative services team* - $2.00 per day(*galley, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members)
So is 95 cents the admin fee?
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#17
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Originally posted by Pierlesscruisers
And you know this for a fact, exactly how? Not trying to sound snarky here, but it's easy to say something like without any real proof or reference.

Tom
The Chief Purser on Princess is in charge of the tip pool program. At the conclusion of each voyage, my staff and I had to administer all the collections, reports, and other paperwork related to the financial aspects of the voyage.
I'm not going to post a Princess internal financial report on CC.
You can choose to believe it or not. It's not my problem.
#18
Chelsea MA
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Joined Mar 2014
My father always told me never let anyone handle your money. If you do they’ll figure a way to keep some. My father was a smart businessman. I guess this provides he was right. Thanks Dad!!!
The Captain of The Rowboat,
Tony
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#19
Toronto, Canada
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Joined May 2006
I cannot recall seeing an official statement by any cruise line on the subject. Unless and until such appears we only have speculation.
#20
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Originally posted by B&J1
lol ... yep! Brits, Aussies????? Opinions?
Yes. I always leave the auto tip in place but don’t tip every 5 minutes on top of it.
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