Now WE all know that the only thing you need onboard is that key card...whatever your line of choice calls it...all your "free" programs are on it, it usually doubles as your room key...and, lest I forget, publicizes your exalted and well earned status on it.   For newbies, I need NOTHING ELSE on want to tip some folks as you walk around, wine, dine, etc...(im omitting cabin stewards...theyre different) gonna carry a stash of bills??? and do what with em...leave em whilst yer in the hot tub, stash em in your shirt?  such problems...your thoughts??

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Maybe that's what the online gratuities are for?

That's not the issue....we've been dancing around the whole topic of much...and so occurred to me lots of folks leave MONEY...greenbacks....coin of the be left on bars, or on dining tables..or put in certain persons hands...which presents certain physical problems...hence my question.....

For a few years now, I have visited my bank before we vacation and get $100 worth of $1 dollar bills. I carry that wad safely hidden with my in my purse. Once we board, the cash goes into the safe. Every morning my husband will grab $10 or so in $1 bills. He uses as he sees fit--tips the bartenders (event though I tell him gratuity on drinks is already included), room service, etc. He'll tip the porters who take our luggage as well. If we are in port, he might use it to tip the tour guide. Just a dollar here or there does go a long way.

This is my practice as well. I carry a small money clip in my pocket. It can carry my cash, cruise Ca rd and a couple of credit cards. With anytime dining which is now our preferred choice. When I leave the table I leave some ones on the table. LaCastillo you are correct a dollar or two here and there goes a long way.

I like that idea...we usually hit the ATM for incidentals going inside and getting 100 in singles is no biggie....hmm...when WAS the last time I was actually inside a bank anyway?

Same here. A stack of ones comes in handy both on and off the ship.

Just an aside...the subject has come up in here as to when you KNOW you're cruising, or words to that me, its almost ceremonial...everything of value goes into the $$ in my pockets, nothing...just that card....I wear an old beat up watch, dats it....yes it feels...funny......gawd wheres my wallet!!! now, I gotta think about a wad of dollars.....

Let me tell you our experiences. On our first cruise, we were told by our son to tip some cash when you feel the need. That worked out pretty well. We learned a bit more before our second cruise. I gave the bartender at the pool bar a decent cash tips at the start of the cruise, to keep "Mr. Johns" beer cold. I had a quiet meeting with the morning egg station cook, I had perfect eggs benny for the entire cruise. Sometimes, that works the best, a simple bit of cash at the insure prompt service throughout the cruise.

Yes, there are gratuities added to everything and we all pay that at the end. It's just, that sometimes, some of the servers, stewards and bartenders do a little bit more. We still hear from our steward from the Panama cruise. We sent books to his daughter for university and get cards, letters and e-mails showing the progress.

Remember that while they are there to serve you, they also have families and others to support. Cash works best.

Agree completely...and despite my "research" and its rather depressing findings I will continue to leave cash, probably a bit more now, and to different folks...In all candor, it makes ME feel better....had a waiter in O'Sheehans couple cruises ago...mustve eaten breakfast there 5 days out of 7...because of him...made our day...and our cruise...made sure he would be there all week....something as simple as that....left him significantly more than normal...every day...and lil extra on the last day....he was a grown man with a family, from a 3rd world banana republic which shall go nameless even in'd think he won the embarrassed ME....

This is a very good point. If you have signed up for the prepaid gratuities package than tipping should not be necessary unless one just feels the server or whomever has done a particularly good job...Correct? Additionally there should be no added expense on the final bill for gratuity...correct?


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