Do you prefer Auto tipping charged to your cabin or the Envelopes ?

I can see how some people do not tip at all (Tacky).   The crew relies on tips for most of their income, but I do not think the incentive is there if they know it is automatic. I liked the old envelope system better.


How do you guys fell on this topic ?

7 Answers

I consider the auto tipping thing a sign of the times. As noted, some people do not tip.

I always tip after and during the cruise depending on the need at the time. The auto tipping fund , so I've heard, goes into general revenues of the cruise lines and does not always make it to all staff in the amounts that you would think. We take care of our steward, and we find "our Guy/Girl" to serve on deck and at functions,This has been a bonus for us in many ways. Also, if we go to the spa, we tip extra for the service we get.

I like the auto tipping. I always leave it on. I then will tip extra when I receive outstanding service.

I am old school , I use the Envelopes

I like the automatically added on to your bill tipping. I hate handing out the white envelopes. I simply tell the staff that I tipped them already. Sometimes, we tip more, and then we resort to the envelops. I still don't like that. It is too hard to go around trying to tip everyone. Several times when we wanted to tip more, the staff member was off. What a shame!Sad

After 30 + cruises we do like the auto tipping, PLUS we ALWAYS give an envelope the last night of our cruise to our room attendant, waiter, assistant waiter, and Maitre D.

We have both worked for tips and know how important it is to receive them.

We like auto tipping. It is a fair way to ensure crew members are minimally recognized for their hard work by all travelers. Left to their own devices, some travelers would not tip because it has a different meaning to every person. This unfairly leaves some crew shortchanged either because of ignorance or cheap skating.

When a crew member goes above and beyond, we recognize the individual with an additional sum given in an envelope with a thank you note at the close of the trip.

Envelopes? Not a lot of us around here that remember those. We got used to the auto grats. It's ok.


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