Posted January 3rd, 2011, 06:45 PM
The idea of having to tip regardless of the level of service doesn't go down well with Australians and to illustrate just how important this is to Australians, Princess and P&O are removing all automatic passenger tipping for cruises out of Australia. Of course, the shortfall will undoubdtedly be made up by an increase in ticket prices but Australians are much happier with an up-front price.....the lines will undoubtedly add the service charge into the up front cost, making it in probably more expensive because you are no longer informed of the amounts given, and are they all really given, does this affect the staff?...not sure?
..anyway in our area as probably others, wait staff get minimum wage and rely on tips to make up a good portion of their earnings, on top of that the Government taxes these workers a % of their tips!!
.. in the cruise industry, the service charge (not tips) account for the majority of the earnings of the contracted staff on board, I know they really do not make much directly from the cruiseline.
...and we can get into a lively debate on the topic of cruiselines paying better wages and not relying on the service charge...not sure which way is better or more convenient for the customer, ..For me, I just want to ensure that the on board staff (seen and unseen) do not shortchanged because of witholding the charges because we may or may not be accustomed to them.