How much do waiters, assistant waiters, and cabin stewards actually receive?

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#1
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In past years, the suggested tipping policy was $3.50 per person per day for the waiters and cabin stewards and $2.00 per person per day for the assistant waiters. Passengers were given envelopes and we gave the waiters, assistant waiters, and cabin stewards cash.

Now Princess suggests a hotel charge of $10.50 per person per day. How much of the $10.50 per person per day do the waiters, assistant waiters, and cabin stewards actually receive? How much is diverted to the head waiters and other supervisors?
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Our Estimates: About half (or a little less) of those "old" suggested amounts. But the rest does not go to head waiters or supervisors. It goes to "other" behind the scenes who directly support the stewards, waiters, and asst. waiters -- examples, steward cart set up, laundry set ups, buffet workers, etc. Anything above the automatic (that is if you dont remove or lower the automatic), goes 100% to the person to whom you give cash.

Originally posted by Jimbo59
In past years, the suggested tipping policy was $3.50 per person per day for the waiters and cabin stewards and $2.00 per person per day for the assistant waiters. Passengers were given envelopes and we gave the waiters, assistant waiters, and cabin stewards cash.
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How much is diverted to the head waiters and other supervisors?
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Princess has had the "auto" tipping for yrs now. I think it's a good idea.

I know on other cruises we've talked to waiters, room stewards, etc and you wouldn't believe the amount of people who "sneak" out without paying the them.

The dinning room is almost empty on the last night, so they don't have to give the employee's their tips
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Our cabin steward on Diamond told us he received about $2.50 of the $11.00 (mini) charge per day. He did not have an assistant to share it with and he had 16 rooms to clean. We left him an extra tip.
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I would just like to add that the dropping value of the American dollar overseas has had a large impact on the cruise ship staff. When they now send their money home, it has less buying power - especially if they are from a country that is now Euro based.

I wish the 'tips' were added into the cruise fare from the start and then we wouldn't need all the tipping threads.
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I was told by a cabin steward that they are "assessed" $1.10pp/per day from the auto tip to cover helpers, cart loaders laundry workers etc.
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This "assessment" is really not a change. When we handed out the envelopes the steward still had to tip other "unseen" helpers.
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And land hotels and restaurants???

We obssess over how much cruise stewards take home, but don't give a tinker's dam about hotel/restaurant workers.

I don't get it.
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I don't get it either.

I don't ask what you make as salary - and I don't really want to concern myself with what other might make.

Additionally, I won't ask what you paid for your airline ticket, nor what you paid of your cruise.

I think some are much too curious.
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I agree.


These are all assumptions anyway and we all know what assume means.
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May be you don't -- we do! In most cities it is minimum wage ($5/hr) -- San Francisco and a few other cities have legislated "livable wage" between $9 to $11.50 per hour as minimum. And yes -- we still tip. Also, the working hours of a cruise crew member is not 8 hours / day either. /Sultan

Originally posted by Stevesan
And land hotels and restaurants???

We obssess over how much cruise stewards take home, but don't give a tinker's dam about hotel/restaurant workers.

I don't get it.
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Originally posted by Druke I
I don't get it either.

I don't ask what you make as salary - and I don't really want to concern myself with what other might make.

Additionally, I won't ask what you paid for your airline ticket, nor what you paid of your cruise.

I think some are much too curious.
I do not want to pay $30,000 for a car if everyone else is paying $25,000

I do not think people are too curious.

I think it is a matter of fairness and not feeling that they have been ripped off. This feeling is true if it is $20 or $2,000. Many are simply interested in equity.
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Originally posted by Cruisin Bob
I do not want to pay $30,000 for a car if everyone else is paying $25,000

I do not think people are too curious.

I think it is a matter of fairness and not feeling that they have been ripped off. This feeling is true if it is $20 or $2,000. Many are simply interested in equity.
This will still not get an honest true answer, only rumors which make things worse on both sides Passengers/crew.
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People who go around worrying about being ripped off just suck the joy right out of life, don't they? Anyway, my take on this is, leave the damn stewards alone, everyone. To me, actually asking these workers how much money they get out of the autotip and how much they earn and all the rest of the impertinent questions passengers pepper them with is rude and disrespectful. Do you ask your attorney how much of his $350/hour he actually pockets? Of course not. So have the same respect for your cabin steward and your waiter and all the rest of the people serving you.
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We did not ask him - he told us when we were asking for an envelope to put the additional tip in. Maybe it was true, maybe it was to get a bigger additional tip. Whatever - he did a good job and we tipped accordingly.
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Originally posted by rdsqrl
People who go around worrying about being ripped off just suck the joy right out of life, don't they? Anyway, my take on this is, leave the damn stewards alone, everyone. To me, actually asking these workers how much money they get out of the autotip and how much they earn and all the rest of the impertinent questions passengers pepper them with is rude and disrespectful. Do you ask your attorney how much of his $350/hour he actually pockets? Of course not. So have the same respect for your cabin steward and your waiter and all the rest of the people serving you.
Hear, Hear!

I wish all I had to worry about was how much someone else was paid for doing their job.

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We were on the Emerald from 5/24 to 6/5 (this year)

Our room steward was very helpful and had a great attitude.

As we wanted to be sure he was nicely taken care of, I went down to the purser's desk and asked them how much of the $11 daily tip cost the steward received. They said 35%. So knowing that he got about $3.85 a day we were able to decide how much to give him in cash.

I would never have asked him for that information.

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To those who are questioning some of us who posted estimates, it is for this very reason -- many pax are under the impression that the entire $11 is distributed only to stewards, waiters, and asst. waiters. If this were the case, all of us would be less inclined to tip extra. However, reality is different. The person at the Purser's desk is an example of a "total idiot". Even the description posted by Princess spells out that there are many crew members who share in the auto-tip. /Sultan


Originally posted by slomotion
We were on the Emerald from 5/24 to 6/5 (this year)

Our room steward was very helpful and had a great attitude.

As we wanted to be sure he was nicely taken care of, I went down to the purser's desk and asked them how much of the $11 daily tip cost the steward received. They said 35%. So knowing that he got about $3.85 a day we were able to decide how much to give him in cash.

I would never have asked him for that information.

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Let's see, your room is cleaned every day, your bed is turned down, all your '"mail" is just there when you need it, you always have plenty of ice, we have never been misled when asking for info about the ship, we have always had a room steward who is always available, (or has someone to be available), we are on vacation, we are treated like royalty, so let me guess- yes, the $10.50 per person per day is a good deal. We had a room steward in 4.07, (Nora), on the CB- my wife wanted to know if we could smuggle her home to work for us!! IMHO the cruise lines try their darndest to nickle and dime us, so why should I nickle and dime myself? I think my drink needs refreshing!!