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I know when booking that the gratuity will be added as well as taxes and port fees. If I book a
7 day cruise and the price is $700.00 per person, I know that my price is around $900.00 per person. I live in mid America and when we walk into a steak house and the filet is $29.00, I also know I will pay tax because I have to and a gratuity because that is how we have always done it.
Maybe there is a better way but I have accepted this is how its done.
I also tip above the automatic gratuities for good service. One reason being because I know
there will be people that will have their gratuities removed because they are cheap. I am not saying
you are just saying for now this is how it is and I am ok with that.
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?