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What is the tipping norm for suite concierges?


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2 minutes ago, DrivesLikeMario said:

All we plan to use her/him for is the escorted walk to the tenders twice and once to get off the ship.   Any experience with what an acceptable tip would be?  I know it's personal but just looking for a ballpark idea.

 

I'm sure they would be very happy with anything you care to give.

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1 concierge got $100 from me,,,, 1 concierge got zip,,,,, another got $50

 

Were they friendly?

Did I feel as though I was the most important person in the room during our interaction? Or was I just a bother?

Did they go out of their way to ensure my holiday was the best ever? Or did they just do their basic duty?

Did they make my wife feel as though she was a queen being waited on? Or was she ignored?

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It really will depend on WHAT they do for you!  Many folks make no use of the concierge at all...and tip accordingly.  If you use them daily, I would think $10 per day would be ample.  If you never use them for anything....don't worry about it!

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When I have been lucky to sail in a Suite. I have asked them to reserve a front row Cabana at Coco Cay and if they could ask the Captain for a privet tour of the Bridge. I give them $100 when I meet them and hope things work out. But giving tips is up to you. I really enjoy tours of the bridge and feel the big tip helps 🙂 Happy Sailing!!!

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For the typical cruise length we usually give $100; while this seems close to what many do, there is still a variety of amounts (and certainly could vary with exceptionally bad or exceptionally good service). Only once in all our years of cruising did we reduce it below $100.

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For me to just depends.  Some cruises I never have an encounter with the concierge except the last day when we meet to disembark.  In these cases I do not feel a need for additional compensation.  I pay for a suite and that is part of the job.  Now, if he/she goes out of his/her way to do special things, I will leave a tip.

 

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14 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

I've never seen a "norm" posted.  I'd give whatever you think is appropriate based on what the concierge has done for you personally.

 

This is exactly it. We've been on cruises where we didn't even meet the concierge and others that did back flips for us. There's no set amount. Go with your gut feeling.

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I only had a concierge once and tipped him nothing. He emailed me a few weeks before and I have times and restaurants we wanted, once on the ship while he made reservations, they were not at all what I requested. I had to fix them myself.  When arriving in Boston from international waters, we did customs on the ship. He assured us going with him was faster. My DH said, let's give him another chance. Guess what he wasn't, he was longer than just doing it ourselves. 

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8 minutes ago, CruiseMomTX said:

We are staying in our first JS on the Allure will we have access to a Concierge?  If so what can they do for you?

Thanks for any help.

 

No, you need to be in a GS or better for concierge access.

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Our last cruise on Allure, we had two concierges, we tipped $40 each.  I would agree 0-100 is good.

 

I’ve had cruises where the concierge didn’t even deign to introduce himself to us.  But, usually we use them for a few things.  And a lot of it is just how welcome we feel in the lounge.

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2 minutes ago, Colorado Babe said:

Or if you are Dplus and above.  You have access to Concierge lounge hence Concierge services.

 

Correct, for those ships that still have a CL.  Question was asked about Allure, which has no CL.

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16 minutes ago, slyster said:

How do you use the concierge for debarkation?  Do they assist in helping you avoid the long lines getting off the ship?  That might be the only reason I would use them (who knows though once I board).  

 

The concierge can escort you past lines, get priority on elevators, move you to the fastest customs lines, etc.

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22 hours ago, grandgeezer said:

We were on the Allure for two weeks and spent considerable time in the suite lounge. The concierge was up there most of the time and never even stopped by to introduce himself ore even say hi. The tip was 0 at the end of the cruise.

 

sounds fair.  I would not have tipped either especially if I haven't used their service the entire time.

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