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Is it possible to designate extra OBC at the end of the cruise to your cabin steward and/or MDR wait staff? That would definitely come in handy as we usually tip both quite well at the end of a cruise.

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21 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

Is it possible to designate extra OBC at the end of the cruise to your cabin steward and/or MDR wait staff? That would definitely come in handy as we usually tip both quite well at the end of a cruise.

I would imagine it would go into the gratuity pool instead of to an individual.

Cash is King.

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23 minutes ago, Colo Cruiser said:

I would imagine it would go into the gratuity pool instead of to an individual.

Cash is King.

I know on Celebrity, you can go to CS and designate available OBC to your cabin steward and/or butler (if you're in a suite). However, with regards to the Celebrity MDR wait staff, it would go into the general MDR wait staff pool (or the Luminae wait staff pool in you were in a suite) which makes sense as it takes a "village" to serve folks in the MDR.

 

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31 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

I know on Celebrity, you can go to CS and designate available OBC to your cabin steward and/or butler (if you're in a suite). However, with regards to the Celebrity MDR wait staff, it would go into the general MDR wait staff pool (or the Luminae wait staff pool in you were in a suite) which makes sense as it takes a "village" to serve folks in the MDR.

 

 

What does this have to do with answering the OPs question about Princess?

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20 minutes ago, snowskier said:

What does this have to do with answering the OPs question about Princess?

You may have noticed by now that I'm the OP. I was just adding more context and background as to why I'm asking the question.

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2 hours ago, Ken the cruiser said:

Is it possible to designate extra OBC at the end of the cruise to your cabin steward and/or MDR wait staff? That would definitely come in handy as we usually tip both quite well at the end of a cruise.

Not sure how they do it now, but in the past you could add it to the auto tip real easy and they could print off a slip to stuff in an envelope to give to the staff member. I know you can still add to the tip, but not sure of the printing off a receipt. You always just write a note that the extra was in there.

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6 minutes ago, TheRabbit said:

Not sure how they do it now, but in the past you could add it to the auto tip real easy and they could print off a slip to stuff in an envelope to give to the staff member. I know you can still add to the tip, but not sure of the printing off a receipt. You always just write a note that the extra was in there.

When you say "auto tip", do you mean the gratuity charge that is automatically posted to your account daily that is distributed at predefined percentages to the applicable housekeeping and food services departments or is it something different?

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8 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

When you say "auto tip", do you mean the gratuity charge that is automatically posted to your account daily that is distributed at predefined percentages to the applicable housekeeping and food services departments or is it something different?

Yes,

It can be adjusted.

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21 minutes ago, TheRabbit said:

Not sure how they do it now, but in the past you could add it to the auto tip real easy and they could print off a slip to stuff in an envelope to give to the staff member. I know you can still add to the tip, but not sure of the printing off a receipt. You always just write a note that the extra was in there.

When was this? Never heard of that. 

 

Like I said cash is King. I am sure they would rather have the green in their hand versus a chit. Just sayin.

 

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9 minutes ago, weedpindle said:

All extra tips( anything more than auto grat) to dining room staff go in to the fleetwide pool.

Thanks. That's what happens on HAL as well.

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It goes into the pool and the crew you want to have it will get pennies after the math. Enjoy buying yourself something frivolous onboard with the extra. Just to be clear, are you referring to non refundable OBC. 

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37 minutes ago, cruzsnooze said:

It goes into the pool and the crew you want to have it will get pennies after the math. Enjoy buying yourself something frivolous onboard with the extra. Just to be clear, are you referring to non refundable OBC. 

If we have any left it will probably be from a cancelled excursion, which most likely will be refundable OBC. But from what I'm hearing, we'll probably wind up just giving out any extra tips in cash and wait for the ensuing check in the mail after the cruise is over. 

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1 hour ago, Colo Cruiser said:

When was this? Never heard of that. 

 

Like I said cash is King. I am sure they would rather have the green in their hand versus a chit. Just sayin.

 

Maybe 10 years or more ago.

We usually do cash as the extra, but a few times we didn't have cash left for tipping.

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5 hours ago, TheRabbit said:

Maybe 10 years or more ago.

We usually do cash as the extra, but a few times we didn't have cash left for tipping.

 

I think of the casino as an ATM that pays me (credit card 2% or more cash back).  Win or lose the cash comes off the card on file and I get the % or points.  Now that doesn't mean they don't get their rake, but that's on the drop, not the outlay. 

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6 hours ago, weedpindle said:

All extra tips( anything more than auto grat) to dining room staff go in to the fleetwide pool.

All auto tips go fleetwide, all auto tips on Princess are pooled as per the website 

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That is what I usually do, cash out the remaining OBC at the pursers, or casino if nonrefundable, then give staff cash tips. 

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4 hours ago, vjmatty said:

That is what I usually do, cash out the remaining OBC at the pursers, or casino if nonrefundable, then give staff cash tips. 

You can do that? I thought you could only get $25 of your nonrefundable back in cash?

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 You can go to any slot machine in the casino load what ever amount you want on your card then go to the cashier and get the cash. I think you can still do this.

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6 hours ago, sandyoftheseas said:

 You can go to any slot machine in the casino load what ever amount you want on your card then go to the cashier and get the cash. I think you can still do this.

 

If people keep posting about this it will eventually go away.

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6 hours ago, sandyoftheseas said:

 You can go to any slot machine in the casino load what ever amount you want on your card then go to the cashier and get the cash. I think you can still do this.

They expect you to play something at the casino.

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9 hours ago, Thrak said:

 

If people keep posting about this it will eventually go away.

 

I'd be many thousands ahead if they did!

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18 hours ago, Ken the cruiser said:

You can do that? I thought you could only get $25 of your nonrefundable back in cash?

 

I should have been more clear.....I was talking about refundable OBC can be cashed at the pursers.

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On 12/23/2019 at 7:28 PM, Colo Cruiser said:

When was this? Never heard of that. 

 

Like I said cash is King. I am sure they would rather have the green in their hand versus a chit. Just sayin.

 

Indeed - cash is King! That's why there is an ATM onboard!

 

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6 hours ago, vjmatty said:

 

I should have been more clear.....I was talking about refundable OBC can be cashed at the pursers.

Me too. I tell ya, it's tough getting old. I also meant refundable OBC as I'm well aware it's use it or lose it when it comes to nonrefundable OBC. But, you now have my curiosity up again. Does everyone know this about the Purser?

 

All I've been reading is that if the refundable OBC on your account exceeds $25 at the end of the cruise, you will receive a check in the mail somewhere between 2-6 weeks later. If it's simply a matter of going up to the Purser and asking to cash out our refundable OBC, where is the Purser's desk located on a ship, as I'm guessing it's not at Customer Service?

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