Transcript of "A Beginner’s Guide to Cruise Tipping"
A Beginner’s Guideto Cruise Tipping
Cruise tipping can be very different from tipping at other places likerestaurants or hotels; there’s a whole etiquette to it.So, if you want to learn exactly how to cruise tip, follow the advicewe will share in this presentation and you should be able toexperience your next trip with confidence.Introduction
Before we start with our advice, let’s see exactly why one shouldtip. In an effort to keep the prices as low as possible, cruise lineswill often pay their staff below minimum wage.That means that the tips offered by the clientsfor the service rendered are essential…as that’s what allows the crew members tohave enough money to live. It also works asextra motivation for the staff to perform.Why Tipping Anyway?
Depending on the cruise line, you could be expected to payautomatic charges (tips are already included to the price) to notpaying a single dime.While some companies leave it to your discretion to tip theirstaff, some others will take the matter in their own hands andadd a service charge without asking for your consent. That’s whyyou should always inform yourself first before boarding on the ship.Know the Policy
As the policy will change from ship to ship and from company tocompany, one of the best ways to know exactly how much to tip issimply to listen to the man in charge: the Captain.Oftentimes, he will tell you – either at the beginning of the cruise orwhile you’re under way – what amount to use and for whom, fromthe room steward to the bartender.Listen to the Captain
“The past does not equal the future”. This is one statement thatclearly describes the history of cruise tipping.Whereas it used to happen at the end of the trip (you would behanded an envelope to fill in with whatever amount you saw fit),there has been a growing trend these last couple of years towardsservices charged to the bill.The Evolution
The reason behind that change is twofold:1.With the internationalization of cruising passengers, thetipping etiquette had to evolve to take all their customs intoconsideration2.The range of services has greatlyincreased, so no two people willreceive the exact same service.Thus, it can get hard to know whatto give and to whomThe Evolution
How Much Then?With all this, we still haven’t truly answered our main question:how much to tip? Here are good estimates to use for everymember of the staff:•Cabin steward & dining room waiter: $3-$5•Room service: $2•Bartender: tip him around 15% of your tab•Head waiter & assistant server: $1
ConclusionWith the recent changes in cruise tippingetiquette, it might be hard to know exactlyhow to behave toward the ship staff.Now if, in the end, you never HAVE TO give out a single dollar ifyou don’t feel like it, by following the tips we just gave here youshould have a good line of conduct to adopt. So happy sailing!
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