Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
tom3562

Tipping cabin steward upfront?

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)
On 3/1/2019 at 5:00 PM, asalligo said:

I leave auto gratuity on and usually tip up front when I make custom requests like an extra chair or robes and I let them know what I like in terms of service like I do not need ice, but the kids really love towel animals and I want twice a day service. When they perform my immediate request, I tip a $20 on the first day and then if they are doing a really good job and actually performing full service twice daily and doing the things I mentioned I liked, then I leave a five each day. I feel this increases the service, my mother was with us on a recent cruise and the same steward skipped her a couple days and no towel animals when I got them.  I am sure though that you would get acceptable service with no extra tip. 

That's an awfully expensive towel animal....you can buy the book for less....😂😂just having fun

Edited by susan1957

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we always tip the steward , waiters in the MDR,  and our bartenders with extra cash, if we feel we received extra service, we'll compensate! I'm a bartender, and appreciate the tips! I do not prepay the gratuities and would cancel them if we felt we had a bad experience. (we haven't had to do that yet)  Maybe we do it because it makes US feel better? Who knows? It's just what we do!  just our choice!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/1/2019 at 3:26 PM, fuzzychop1 said:

FYI... the word TIPS actually means To Insure Prompt Service. We always tip cash to our cabin steward, bar tenders and servers in the casino first and people have actually asked us why we get such good service and never have to wait for a drink and/or ice or anything else we need in our cabin. Take care of the people that take care of you. 

Since “tip” in the “gratuity” sense dates back to the early 18th century, it is extremely unlikely to have begun life as an acronym and it would need to be Teps. To ensure prompt service. :classic_smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On my last cruise, i had the auto-tips taken off and I tipped the equivalent (or more) in cash.  Prefer to tip cash so I can see the money is making it into the pockets of those who earned it rather than the cruise line taking their cut.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tipped in advance my first few cruises because I read that was how you had to do it to get good service.  I eventually decided that was stupid and tipped at the end like is traditional.  I noticed no difference in the level of services provided.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I do not know what happens to prepaid gratuities,  I just pay them as part of my cruise price. I do know that if you charge Tips on SS card it is collected and given to everyone that shift. That is why we tip in cash to those help make our cruise wonderful. We give the cash tips per night to bartenders and everyone else on the last night. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, SandiLynn said:

I do not know what happens to prepaid gratuities,  I just pay them as part of my cruise price. I do know that if you charge Tips on SS card it is collected and given to everyone that shift. That is why we tip in cash to those help make our cruise wonderful. We give the cash tips per night to bartenders and everyone else on the last night. 

We have been told by many bartenders/servers, if you leave an extra tip on the SS card, (on the receipt), it all goes to the employee named on the receipt.  If you tip cash they are supposed to put it in the pool for splitting.

 

I had thought it was the other way around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess we have been told different things by different bartenders and waiters. I wonder if it has to do with the 18% gratuity that is precharged for the Cheers package. I would like to find out for sure. They don't seem to care about the credit to SS card but are very happy to get cash. We had a waiter/bartender that would check on us and bring us drinks anywhere on lido or higher decks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On my last cruise, i had the auto-tips taken off and I tipped the equivalent (or more) in cash.  Prefer to tip cash so I can see the money is making it into the pockets of those who earned it rather than the cruise line taking their cut.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We usually go to the pursers (sp) deck and remove the auto-tipping and tip ahead and each person we interact with.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/9/2019 at 3:36 PM, Bob NC said:

We have been told by many bartenders/servers, if you leave an extra tip on the SS card, (on the receipt), it all goes to the employee named on the receipt.  If you tip cash they are supposed to put it in the pool for splitting.

 

I had thought it was the other way around.

I had one of the bar servers tell me they receive no pay, it is tips only.  I have no clue if that is true or not,  He has been working on the ships for 10 years.  I tipped him an extra $1. cash each time he brought me a drink.  He took good care of me :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, newcruiser1956 said:

I had one of the bar servers tell me they receive no pay, it is tips only.  I have no clue if that is true or not,  He has been working on the ships for 10 years.  I tipped him an extra $1. cash each time he brought me a drink.  He took good care of me 🙂

 

 

not true at all, all employees are paid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Totally agree with the post above, all staff are paid, no one is tip only.  That being said, I used to cancel the auto-tips and hand tip, $20 here, $10 there, $1-$5 for drinks and odd service, but was told now that the staff can't keep the tips, as mentioned above the must pool it.  So I guess now I will just leave auto-tipping on ($30 a day = two in the room) plus the default 15% on all other direct purchases (beer / wine / soda etc) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last cruise we left a $5 each night but folded origami. The a larger time at the end of the cruise. Our room steward love it! We had the best service ever. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I spent most of my working life as a tipped employee. Probably because of this, we do the auto tip pre-pay [so we do not have a bill at the end of the cruise] In addition, tip our room steward $20 on the first day, $20 in the middle of the cruise, and  at least another $20 on the last day. I still have wonderful memories of being a single mom 45 years ago, working my butt off, just praying that I would bring in enough money to feed my kids, pay the babysitter and pay rent. Often, out of the blue, I would receive an overly generous tip, and yeah, nearly half a century later, I feel such gratitude when I think about it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, vicky3vicky said:

I spent most of my working life as a tipped employee. Probably because of this, we do the auto tip pre-pay [so we do not have a bill at the end of the cruise] In addition, tip our room steward $20 on the first day, $20 in the middle of the cruise, and  at least another $20 on the last day. I still have wonderful memories of being a single mom 45 years ago, working my butt off, just praying that I would bring in enough money to feed my kids, pay the babysitter and pay rent. Often, out of the blue, I would receive an overly generous tip, and yeah, nearly half a century later, I feel such gratitude when I think about it. 

You seem like you would be a very sweet person outside of Cruise Critic. I’ll never forget the excitement and happiness my bartender had when he showed me that someone tipped him $1,000 after learning it was his birthday. He still talks about it a year later... guess that stuff stays with you.

Edited by xDisconnections

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To be fair, if you WANT to tip up front and assume you get better service for it, then do so...I have occasional tipped stewards extra on the last day who went above and beyond (but I don’t  make a mess or expect too much). Although I do regularly tip bartenders an extra buck or two every cocktail and that seems to work out well for me....hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t be so stingy with the stewards?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tipped extra to room steward up front this trip for a bucket of ice on Day 1, anticipating that my ice bucket would stay full thru the trip. Will go into detail in my review (still debarking) but it had no positive impact, and would say I had some of the worst service I’ve ever had in the hospitality industry. Won’t be trying that again. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, wardamnweagle said:

Tipped extra to room steward up front this trip for a bucket of ice on Day 1, anticipating that my ice bucket would stay full thru the trip. Will go into detail in my review (still debarking) but it had no positive impact, and would say I had some of the worst service I’ve ever had in the hospitality industry. Won’t be trying that again. 

Sorry that your bribe didn’t work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

I’m a ice junkey. I bring a soft side cooler with me and ask the rm steward to please keep it full the entire cruise.  I give them a little tip in the beginning since I feel this is a extra service. Then if they compete the requests I give another extra tip at the end.  It has never failed me yet.

We have always left the auto tip. Fortunately we have never felt the need to reduce it

Edited by Bases5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/1/2019 at 5:14 PM, fuzzychop1 said:

Wow... I should have known better. I guess us old people just stick to what works. The point is we always get better service when we tip ahead of time and never wait for someone to prove their "worthiness"  of an extra 5, 10 or 20 bucks for their family that we would normally spend on a supersized happy meal (yes, I know you can't get a supersized happy meal) while at home. Choose your battles. 

Happy Sailing!!

 

Funny we never tip ahead of time and always get great service as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/2/2019 at 2:07 AM, 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. 

 

No If we want a different table we just ask for it and they take us there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like to tip up front but have a question...  Going on the HAL Eurodam with a Neptune Suite. Since I normally tip the Room Steward $10 or $20 (depending on the room/cruise), should we do the same for the Concierge? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/9/2019 at 2:03 PM, MarcJ55 said:

On my last cruise, i had the auto-tips taken off and I tipped the equivalent (or more) in cash.  Prefer to tip cash so I can see the money is making it into the pockets of those who earned it rather than the cruise line taking their cut.

 

How much is Carnivals cut and how do you know that they take a cut?

 

I found this while poking around the CCL website. Are you saying they are being disingenuous?

 

Pre-pay your gratuities before you sail

It is customary for our guests to extend gratuities to the shipboard staff in appreciation for their hard work and exceptional service. 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. Applying this charge before you cruise streamlines the process for you and ensures the crew shares in your generosity.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • SAIL-AWAY GIVEAWAY - Enter for a chance to win a $3,000 Norwegian Cruise Line Gift Card
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...