Posted October 12th, 2006, 04:03 PM
Is it better to prepay these when booking our cruise, or to wait and pay them on the ship? Also if we prepay, who dont we have to tip, and who do we have to tip.
I didn't know you could pre-pay your tips on Royal Caribbean.In the past year, Royal Caribbean added the option to prepay your tips when you book. I don't do this myself because you cannot adjust the tips if necessary when you prepay. BUT, a lot of people like this option, because it allows to have another portion of their vacation paid off in advance and it is one less thing to worry about on the cruise.
We have also pre-paid our tips on the Mariner for end of December. We intend on tipping extra for extra special service. But I am wondering, do the steward's etc. know that we have prepaid tips for them.....are they told that we have tipped already or will they think we are just cheap that last night ? Sorry for the silly question, but this is our first cruise!!!On RCCL when you prepay the tips or put them on your Seapass account towards the end of the cruise when they give you the tip envelopes, they will give you a sheet of vouchers to hand to your waiter, assistant waiter, headwaiter, and stateroom attendant to show that you have tipped them.
I'm just reading these older post because we are taking our first cruise in Feb 07 (NCL Sun out of New Orleans).We went on our first cruise last May to Alaska on NCL's Wind. On the Tue. we got a print out that showed $10pp/per day. I had to explain to dh that those were the tips. He had not paid attention when I explained before we left.
The tips are added to our account and will have to be paid by credit card at the end of the cruise. My question is pre-paying $10/person/day for our group will be $280 for 7 days. I don't think that is too much to ask for the service we will receive, but if we were not required to pre-pay, I don't think I would tip $40 on any given day.
We don't plan on getting many room service orders and if the room stewart gets tips everytime we see him, how much can that be a day?
My sons are teenagers and won't be expected to tip (just the parents right?)
I'm just worried that with the $280 already added to the bill, we might feel bad about not tipping when we should, which would end up costing another couple hundred dollars that we didn't plan on. Double tipping seems excessive. I might feel different once the cruise is over, but the reason this is our first cruise was financial.
Thanks for listening to be run on.........
I am going on Carnival Fascination. I was wondering, if you don't plan to use the diningroom at all, do you still have to pay the tips for the waiter, etc. The tips are supposed to be automatic I understand but we don't plan on using the diningroom at all so why should we pay tips for it?On Carnival ships, the dining room personnel also works on the Lido Deck at the buffet, deli, etc. when they aren't in the dining room.