FEATURE: 5 Bad Excuses Cruisers Use Not to Tip

Cruise Radio Reports: 5 Bad Excuses Cruisers Use Not to Tip

"If you can’t afford the per-day gratuity on your cruise then you really can’t afford to cruise. When comparing a cruise vacation against a land vacation, it’s hands down the best vacation value – food, entertainment and lodging is all included."

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17 Answers

There is always an excuse. I have never been on a cruise where I thought to take off tips. I have been on cruises where I did not feel the need to tip above the Dailey gratuity.

I have never had the auto tipping removed even when service was not so good. In the old days when we gave the envelopes I had not tipped the MDR staff after poor food and worse service (insulting maitre d' and head waiter getting the maitre d' when I asked that he not do so) where I ended up in the buffet every night except for formal night.

On most cruises with the auto tipping I do slip extra cash to the cabin steward and tell them this does not go into the tip fund it is just for them. I sometimes do it at the beginning of the cruise if I have any special request like getting and keeping my ice bucket filled.

Most of the staff is underpaid and works very hard and keeps a cheerful smile and hello every time they see you, slip them a few extra dollars, if you can afford to be on a ship they certainly need it more then you do.

Similar to JusMe, we give envelopes with a little extra $$ to people who really make our vacation special/memorable in some way. I always bring thank you notes w/envelopes with me for this purpose. If it were not for the crew, we would not be having a vacation. I've heard all of the excuses listed in that article and it sickens me to think people go out of their ways to have the tips removed.

They left out : why should I tip ? They'll never see me again

Never assume someone else's financial capabilities. Some people scrimp & save for two years to afford a cruise. They may not be able to afford all the gratuities, or they may have under estimated them. Some people are truly embarrassed that they have to remove part or all of the gratuities. However, there is no excuse for someone who is just trying to beat the system for the sake of saving a few dollars.

Sadly, there are also people who simply don't believe in tipping. I don't understand the thinking behind that, but they exist.

I understand the auto tipping and agree with it as some people just don't tip or tip way too low. We give extra tips as deserved to those that go above and beyond their job. i hope we never have a cruise experience that would make us want to take off the tip charges. And for those that scrimp and save for 2 years to take a cruise - a nice note left behind goes a long way too to show your appreciation for a job well done when cash is tight.

It's amazing that every time the topic turns to gratuities, automatic or not, everyone that responds always " tips extra". You never hear from the people that don't tip, or have them removed.

btw, for the record, the first time we encountered the autogratuity system ( we still had been using envelopes ) the service and the food were terrible ( except our steward ), the stores were poorly stocked ( couldn't even get a t shirt in my size ), and the service desk was absolutely useless. So, we tipped our steward,( well ), and our waiter in Portofinos. The autograts we had removed. Back then you could still do that. I told them the reasons I stated above. Did I get a sorry we didn't meet your expectations ? Nope. An explanation ? Nope. I got nothing. Phone calls when we got home were useless. A hand written letter, overnighted to a customer service manager, garnered no response. Since that cruise we have spent thousands on other cruises. And not one dime on that line.

"When considering a cruise vacation, factor in the cost of the gratuities, or bet yet just pre-pay them in advance! If you can’t afford gratuities, you can’t afford to cruise.". I agree, to a point. When we recently sailed with Princess, We pre-payed our gratuities but as opposed to it being included in the final cruise price, it actually became an OBC where they removed $11.50 per person, per day towards the gratuities. To me, pre-paying the gratuities seemed more like an agreement to pay the gratuities instead of them being included in the final price. So, at least with Princess, factor this into your onboard account budget.

When the auto-grat thing first started, many of us didn't like it. We liked our envelopes. We didn't trust it. We thought it was just a trumped up charge some executive thought up. Now we see the benefit of it, and even pre paying them. There is one drawback though. Many of us still tip our steward, and certain wait staff. and the cruise lines count on that. Sooner or later their is going to come a breaking point though. NCL has raised their gratuities twice in five months. Why ? Along with room service charges, we spent more on tips this cruise than ever before. Because besides the charge, the guy still gets tipped.

I, also, have never asked to have my Gratuities reduced for ant reason. The amounts are spread over large number of crew members. I have preferred to mention any rude behavior in a survey instead. Mostly, though, I praise those who have been exceptionally helpful.

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