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Do the gratuities get added to your shipboard account?

Going on our first Avalon/river cruise in less than a month. Bit nervous, but very excited.

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No, if I remember correctly, you put in a marked envelop and leave at the front desk. All anonymous.

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You actually have a couple of options.

You can prepay before you leave... and you will get a piece of paper that you can put in the envelope before you put it in the gratuity box.

You can put cash in the envelope(s) --> the crew is separate from the cruise director.

Or, you can put it on your credit card while on the boat. There is no set amount - as there is on a big ship. There are suggested amounts for the crew and the cruise director. But, you can pay whatever you wish.

Enjoy your cruise.... it is a wonderful way to travel!!

Fran

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We are also going on an Avalon cruise in less than a month. We prepaid our gratuities when we booked our trip.

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Thanks to everyone for your guidance.

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[quote name='jlf1']Thanks to everyone for your guidance.[/quote]

I hope that everyone pays the max, recommended amount. It is well deserved. On top of the max, we always give a little extra to those who have given exceptional service, such as a favorite waiter or the bar girls who kept our wine glasses full every night. And our cabin steward. They all work long hard hours with little free time for weeks at a time but provide amazing service that makes all the difference in the success of your cruise.

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