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1 hour ago, louanne93 said:

Being in the service industry for 35 years, when someone tips me upfront, my main focus is them. I still take care of everyone, but they get extra check backs...

I was raised to tip the Maitra'd, or Host whether going to a club, show, or dinner. 

My husband and I just went on a Princess cruise and during the week one night we didn't make reservations for the steak house. We had 10 in our party for dinner, it was already booked for the evening. My husband went to the Maitra'd privately and slipped him a $20. We had a table for 10 within minutes. I know this is a personal preferance but I also think this is an "older" tradition that is getting lost in a new generation.

No flames please, this is my own personal opinion.

It’s a realistic approach. 

 

I can’t fathom how people will drop a few grand on a vacation and can not afford a few extra bucks to have their vacation their way. What’s $20 or $40 extra to someone else to have that extra level of service?

 

To each their own. The bribe comments make me laugh the most.  Life is too short to be too cheap. 

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9 hours ago, CA_Cruzing said:

So you never juice a hostess in a nice restaurant to get “your” preferred table or server? If you want excellent service, just tell someone the expectations and pay them for it. Why play guess games with your vacation? That seems ridiculous and petty. 

Where I live, we have Denny's and Mexican food diners.  I can see the look on the Denny's hostess if I slid her $20 and asked for a table by a window.

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32 minutes ago, BigguyNC said:

Sorry to have offended you Bostwick girl.  I didn’t see that this was solely a forum for your beloved Carnival cruise line.  I don’t think it’s a “North - South issue either.  It’s just that some folks prefer to shop at K-Mart and others prefer something a litttle better.

 

 

Hi

 

I didn't see this post when I made my other comments. Ha, Ha. Since you are new, I guess you wouldn't understand, over the years the typical comparison would be "Walmart". Good luck cruising on your "upscale" cruise lines. Royal, Celebrity...really?

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7 minutes ago, fyree39 said:

Where I live, we have Denny's and Mexican food diners.  I can see the look on the Denny's hostess if I slid her $20 and asked for a table by a window.

Qualifier was “nice” restaurant. 

 

Your geo location says SoCal. I’m pretty sure there’s more upscale dining in SoCal than just Lenny’s and taco shacks. 

 

I can can suggest some places for you if you’d like to explore some new venues. 

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16 minutes ago, tom3562 said:

OMG people! 

Its like a bunch of kids on this board! 

I just asked a simple question.................crazy how it turns to this BS!

 

just chill people.........this should be fun!

You ain't seen nothin' yet! 

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LOL...........you guys are funny! 

I guess I'll sit back and enjoy the ride.......

 

I'll be sailing tomorrow anyways  :classic_biggrin:

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22 hours ago, tom3562 said:

Has anyone had luck tipping your cabin stewards up front? 

Even thou we always pre-pay our gratuities, I got into a habit of giving our steward a $20 bill up front when they introduce themselves. This has seamed to always make a great cabin steward / customer relationship for the week. with thee exception one time. I believe it was a 4 day voyage, I tipped up front, and never seen him again till the last day leaving my room. Curious if anyone else does the same?

Happy Sailing!

we also do the same

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First - Love the "Steal Your Cruise" logo.

 

I often give the cabin steward $20 first day, more at the end.  Why?  The majority of gratuities on your bill go to other staff, and the steward works harder than the others.  They NEED the money.  This person NEVER has a day off.  Why not give them a $20, it means little to anyone who cruises.

 

...get shown the light!  and relax.

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2 hours ago, Relaxedfun said:

First - Love the "Steal Your Cruise" logo.

 

I often give the cabin steward $20 first day, more at the end.  Why?  The majority of gratuities on your bill go to other staff, and the steward works harder than the others.  They NEED the money.  This person NEVER has a day off.  Why not give them a $20, it means little to anyone who cruises.

 

...get shown the light!  and relax.

You said it perfectly!

 

sometimes we all sail on a "Ship of Fools"  🙂

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I alway include pre-paid gratuities AND I have always tipped $20 at intro since I always needed something changed or added to the cabin. My recent cruise, I didn't need anything at arrival but still, out of habit tipped $20 at the beginning. Had a great steward.

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 It seems like everyone has said you can ask for robes and extra hangers. Going to try tipping up front and then asking for a service to see if things move faster. Not that the room stewarts don’t always go above and beyond, they’re amazing. 

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15 Cruise and I have never ever tipped up front. I get the same wonderful service every time.

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16 hours ago, BigBuoys said:

Just curious - does anyone tip room service in advance?

Not sure how you tip room service in advance.

 

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3 minutes ago, firefly5555 said:

Not sure how you tip room service in advance.

 

 

I don’t either but we should find out. I mean, if we are tipping stewards before completion of requests, I should be tipping room service in advance so I get placed to the front of the orders, get priority delivery, and a guarantee no one spits in my BLT.

Edited by BigBuoys

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2 minutes ago, BigBuoys said:

 

I don’t either but we should find out. I mean, if we are tipping stewards before completion of requests, I should be tipping room service in advance so I get placed to the front of the orders, get priority delivery, and a guarantee no one spits in my BLT.

you can not tip room service before they bring your food.. I am not sure why people would even think that.. I have cruised 15 times. I order room service every time.. They are great.. It just like tipping the room Stewart before hand to make service better is crazy.. They will give you the same service no matter what.. They are hard working people. They want you to tip but tipping is for good service.. If you give them money at the beginning it is called a bribe not a tip. 

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Posted (edited)

You want to "pre-tip" to try to ensure an elevated level of service? That's fine. I have no issue with that. What concerns me is if that generally becomes "required" in order to receive the basic, standard level of service one should reasonably be able to expect without doing it.

Edited by mcd2745

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John Heald created a poll.
4 hrs ·

Name: Petra----------
Message: John I will not talk about where I read this in fear if I do you will ignore it. There is a valuable thread on another site John talking about tipping the cabin stewards on embarkation day to insure you get good service. Some members are saying this is a bribe not a tip. Some say that are for good services rendered. And some are saying it is a must to get decent service. I have 7 cruises with Carnival. I have never done this. Do I have to start now ? That is why I am writing to you.

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The simple answer Petra is no, you absolutely do not have to and you will get service that I am sure will exceed your expectations regardless. If people wish to tip upfront then that as with all forms of giving a gratuity is their right of course. The most important thing is that if you do receive great service that you do reward the crew and for most part that is exactly what happens and my thanks to everyone for doing so.

Have you ever tipped the cabin steward on embarkation day?

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Maybe I'm low maintenance, but I've never had service that I felt would be improved upon by tipping upfront.

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quoted from Carnival FAQs

Our recommended guideline to what is appropriate is $12.95 USD per person, per day for guests in standard stateroom accommodations and $13.95 USD per person, per day for guests booked in suites. The majority of the tipping amount goes to employees such as stateroom stewards, assistant stewards, dining room waiters and assistant waiters. A small portion goes to a mix of other personnel who are in guest-facing customer service positions within areas such as culinary and hotel services, along with certain key positions in entertainment and guest services.

  100% of your gratuities are distributed to the crew who you interact with, such as your stateroom attendants, dining, bar and culinary services staff, as well as others who work behind the scenes to enhance your overall cruise experience.

Here is the breakdown, per day:

Housekeeping Team: $4.05 ($5.05 for suites)

Dining Team: $6.40

Alternative Services: $2.50

 

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, summersigh said:

quoted from Carnival FAQs

Our recommended guideline to what is appropriate is $12.95 USD per person, per day for guests in standard stateroom accommodations and $13.95 USD per person, per day for guests booked in suites. The majority of the tipping amount goes to employees such as stateroom stewards, assistant stewards, dining room waiters and assistant waiters. A small portion goes to a mix of other personnel who are in guest-facing customer service positions within areas such as culinary and hotel services, along with certain key positions in entertainment and guest services.

  100% of your gratuities are distributed to the crew who you interact with, such as your stateroom attendants, dining, bar and culinary services staff, as well as others who work behind the scenes to enhance your overall cruise experience.

Here is the breakdown, per day:

Housekeeping Team: $4.05 ($5.05 for suites)

Dining Team: $6.40

Alternative Services: $2.50

 

and you actually believe that? The 100% I mean?

Mike

Edited by mpdog42
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absolutely, do you think Carnival needs to steal from it's employees. Why is everything so nefarious?  

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On 3/2/2019 at 10:50 AM, CA_Cruzing said:

It’s a realistic approach. 

 

I can’t fathom how people will drop a few grand on a vacation and can not afford a few extra bucks to have their vacation their way. What’s $20 or $40 extra to someone else to have that extra level of service?

 

To each their own. The bribe comments make me laugh the most.  Life is too short to be too cheap. 

I never tip upfront and I always receive excellent service on a cruise by being polite. 

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3 hours ago, mpdog42 said:

and you actually believe that? The 100% I mean?

Mike

I do.  I wouldn't cruise with a line that I believed lied about where the auto-grats go.

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