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I've noticed a phenomenon on these forums that is interesting. All forums have their own quirks, but this place has some great ones. 

Cruises offer an awesome array of options to cater to all tastes. Interior vs balcony, premium dining vs MDR, or in this case, tipping vs not tipping. With seemingly any choice there is a subset of folks on one side who get exceptionally defensive about any slight against their approach, yet those same people jump at the chance to deride those who feel differently. Just an observation that tickles me

Regarding those who feel their time is best spent mired in the semantics of what to call a gratuity paid before or after services rendered... you label things whatever floats your boat in your worldview. You're the only one who lives there, so you should mold it as you see fit. 👍

 

Like stated before, there are an infinite number of ways to enjoy your cruise experience. As long as it's not hurting anyone or stealing.... you do you 😄


Cheers!
 

Edited by Icon901

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On 3/9/2019 at 5:05 PM, misguy said:

A third thing that I always do is get the waiter, and the cabin steward to put their information on a comment card, keeps me from messing up the spelling, and then turn it in.

 

On 3/9/2019 at 7:38 PM, RocketMan275 said:

What an excellent idea.  I've heard that comment cards can be more important than extra tips since these cards impact the crew member ratings and that impacts the payout from the tipping pool.  I've struggled in the past with trying to remember names.  I'll use that suggestion in the future.


I will be a first time cruiser next October (2020) so I have been reading all I can on cruising etiquette and this information about using comment cards to also recognize service above and beyond the basic job description is probable the best thing I have read today.

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1 minute ago, Cherylann1965 said:

 


I will be a first time cruiser next October (2020) so I have been reading all I can on cruising etiquette and this information about using comment cards to also recognize service above and beyond the basic job description is probable the best thing I have read today.

Agreed. 


This is the free, easy way everyone should "reward" good service. Easy to grab a few cards for the room, and each morning jot down names and details about great service from the night before.  If you have someone who you' expect to be a repeat rock star, you can make notes then write that card the last morning. Either way, that's definitely something everyone can afford the time/effort to do. 

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25 minutes ago, Cherylann1965 said:

 


I will be a first time cruiser next October (2020) so I have been reading all I can on cruising etiquette and this information about using comment cards to also recognize service above and beyond the basic job description is probable the best thing I have read today.

it's really a good thing to have them write down their names.  Often they will be anglicized their names and having them write their name will ensure the cruise line credits the right people. 

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1 hour ago, Icon901 said:

I've noticed a phenomenon on these forums that is interesting.

You really find it interesting?  Well, I find that interesting.

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5 hours ago, Icon901 said:

I've noticed a phenomenon on these forums that is interesting. All forums have their own quirks, but this place has some great ones. 

Cruises offer an awesome array of options to cater to all tastes. Interior vs balcony, premium dining vs MDR, or in this case, tipping vs not tipping. With seemingly any choice there is a subset of folks on one side who get exceptionally defensive about any slight against their approach, yet those same people jump at the chance to deride those who feel differently. Just an observation that tickles me

Regarding those who feel their time is best spent mired in the semantics of what to call a gratuity paid before or after services rendered... you label things whatever floats your boat in your worldview. You're the only one who lives there, so you should mold it as you see fit. 👍

 

Like stated before, there are an infinite number of ways to enjoy your cruise experience. As long as it's not hurting anyone or stealing.... you do you 😄


Cheers!
 

 

You should also understand that different countries have different or no tipping cultures to the point that some cruise lines change their policies when sailing in those countries. 

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11 hours ago, dkjretired said:

 

You should also understand that different countries have different or no tipping cultures to the point that some cruise lines change their policies when sailing in those countries. 

I understand. I’ve travelled a good bit. 

 

My post had nothing to do with whether it’s right to tip or not, or to cruise inside or balcony.

 

It’s purely a comment on those who are hypersensitive about any slight against their preference, then being prone to throwing shade against the preference of others. It’s hypocritical and makes me laugh that the two often come hand in hand, is all 🙂 

 

Cheers and have a great weekend! 

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On 3/9/2019 at 2:05 PM, misguy said:

I do think that tipping the bartender in cash can improve the quality of your drinks, especially if you frequent the same bar.  

 

I whole heartedly agree with this.  In fact, I know it to be true.  I can't tell you how many drinks were not charged and how many times I had better pours due to being a cash tipper to one or two particular bartenders.  In fact, I've experienced this so many times, I'm a little surprised some people are saying this doesn't actually happen.   

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