Posted May 16th, 2018, 03:08 PM
Our on board statement for our April cruise on Azura shows £98 for each of us, so £7 pppn applied on 14th April (first sea day after leaving Southampton). It looks like P&O are being as inconsistent as usual .
Well seems like a bargain to me for a 14 night sailing, we’ve just had £153.79 pp (£307.58 for both of us) added to an upcoming 14 night sailing on RCI, which equates to £10.99 pppd. That’s up from £10.62 pppd. So £196 for 2 people seems a bargain to me.
The same amounts apply to Celebrity too.
And I don’t begrudge the staff one penny of that and reward others during the cruise as and when they deserve if.
Shortly sailing on Cunard and $11.50 pppd will be added, so that’s approximately £8.52 pppd. Again these will be added automatically and I wouldn’t dream of removing them.
We started cruising when envelopes were the only way of distributing gratuities and we hated it.
Firstly, having to have that amount of cash (especially exchanging £s to $) available was a pain, secondly having to track down your servers on the last night (they are busy enough to stop and chat imho), especially if not dining in the MDR on the last night was a tiresome exercise, and thirdly, waiting for your stateroom attendant on the last evening to be able to reward them personally and saying thanks (leaving an enevlope on the dresser is far too impersonal for us) impacts on our final night on board.
So any process of auto or pre paid gratuity is welcomed by us. Interestingly NCL now include gratuity in their ‘Inclusive’ fares and we don’t find them any more expensive when you add in those for RCI or Celebrity for a comparable cruise.
We’ve never experienced sub standard service that would warrant removal of a gratuity over 14 years of cruising, 28 sailings, 6 cruise lines (RCI, Celebrity, MSC, NCL, Carnival & P&O) except for P&O, but that was a weekend sailing and so I’ll reserve judgement until our next one. Although the poor service on that sailing was from bar staff, dining room hosts (not the wait staff), and guest services and of course they are not included in the gratuity being discussed here.
The purpose of this post is to try and provide some sort of comparison in the cost of gratuities on P&O compared to other lines.