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).

Tags: Azamara Crystal Seabourne Silversea mandatory service fees disguised as gratuities

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I'm sure this was really clever - but your English is garbled.

Good for you - seriously. You calculate the "mandatory gratuities" and just chalk them up to the cost of the cruise. You also eat the built in bar tab and or spa gratuities. On top of that, you tip additionally for good service.

The only trouble is - excess tipping is not a victimless crime. The cruise lines - finding little or no resistance - will continue keystoning. The trouble with the restaurant analogy is you didn't pay a gratuity just to enter the restaurant.

Wouldn't it be better for the cruise line to respect their workforce and pay a livable wage?

I've got it for you. Try comic relief as a job on board as a job and get paid to cruise. However, be ready to leave the ship after your first night.

Thanks - but I am happily retired. Comedy has never been my thing - nor, yours, apparently. Wink

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