Beat the "I've Been Ripped Off" Blues (Cruise with Class)

Don't like "mandatory service fees" disguised as "gratuities?" Tired of being guilted into paying additional layers and layers of "tips?" to supplement the Cruise Lines' third-world pay scales? Try Azamara, Crystal, Seabourne, or Silversea.

Yes - you will pay more (maybe a LOT more) - but chances are you'll feel better about the experience (and who knows? you may even come out ahead).

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Most of us live in the USA or Canada. Tough and more expensive to fly overseas.

I happy with cruising out of a USA port. OH YEAH, I always give a tip you the luggage handlers too.

I mentioned that earlier as well. There will always be a higher end supplier if you want to spend the bucks.

Yep - and I took it to heart. And it turns out - depending on how badly the "floating monster horizontal hotels" rip off under the name of vertical "gratuities" and drinks - in some cases (suite vs veranda) it's pretty much a wash.

I get it - but you know? Half of my monster cruise ship bookings have been out of foreign ports (San Juan, Italy, Venice, Valparaiso) so that isn't necessarily a factor. Plus - Seabourne ships are smaller - but their smallest cabins are HUGE - booked out way in advance though... LOTS of room for luggage (only hitch is getting it there via air). And price differentials don't seem to be as bad as you'd think.

I get that too. Time and money - concerns for most of us. That's one reason I've never considered the "more expensive luxury cruise lines." But it's hard for me to enjoy a cruise when I am constantly being hustled for another dollar or two. I know there are a lot of apologists on this site that strenuously defend the patently deceptive "gratuities" levied on passengers (but I can't imagine why). A few writers seem to equate paying vertical "gratuities" as a sign of maturity (kind of an "adult thing to do"). I find it dishonest and off-putting. If the ship chooses to pay its service staff third world wages - the passengers shouldn't have to "make it better." If the cruise line is afraid to publish the actual price of the cruise for fear there'd be fewer takers - maybe they need to come up with a new (and more honest) business plan.

If you hate the mandatory tipping or can not afford it, then cruising is not for you. It is part of cruising. Like hate paying taxes on Gas ? just get an electric car..... sure they cost more, you have to have a charger put into your home and are limited to where you can go and find chargers.... but you don't pay the gas tax.

Tipping is part of cruising, You get a few choices, Get over it and look at it as part of the cost of a cruise, Go to high line cruise line and pay a lot more up front and not get the extra tipping or charges or stop cruising.

More Stockholm Syndrome? Why on Earth try to defend this fraud? Yes - FRAUD. It's only a "part of cruising" if you let it be. The Cruise Line pays poverty wages and wants the passengers to split the difference. This is baloney. Just have them charge us up front for the true cost of the cruise. And if people refuse to pay the true price? Develop a more honest business plan.

You're still on this rant? Same old same old in every post ...give it a rest...I'm sure I'm not the only one tired of hearing it ...we get your opinion ...move on.

At a girl!

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