Posted May 10th, 2018, 04:54 AM
We have just booked another cruise,and have requested club dining for the first time since freedom dining was introduced because we want to stop the auto gratuities and pay cash. This decision was taken because we want our cash going to the people who have served us rather than who P&O want to give our tips to. We had decided to stop the auto tip last month but decided against it when on board because being on freedom dining giving tips daily would gave been too onerous.
I can only hope that as more people revert to pay cash tips P&O will accept that the current system is not working for those of us who are unhappy to subsidise those who pay nothing. I really don't care whether P&O include tips in the cruise price or make it a compulsory item that cannot be reduced or removed on my onboard account.
I think more and more people will be doing the same until things change.
It’s funny that there is such an apparent level of distrust about where the money goes with P&O auto tips that is not refelected in other lines. We sail with several lines and some auto tip but there is not the same discussion and certainly no letters etc to customers who remove, if indeed many do.
The auto grats have been around for a while but the issues are much more recent. New demographic of cruisers who won’t be told what to do and if they don’t have to tip then they simply won’t?