LIZSULLIVAN10
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Paying gratuities upfront

Hi we go on our first cruise in oct and we have paid £100pp upfront ,personally i think this is alot,is it normal to have to pay upfront before you even know whether you think it is deserved,and also it will seem as if we are being tight if we dont tip individuals whilst we are sailing 

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11 Answers

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Most cruise lines ask you to either prepay or they automatically post the gratuities to your bill each day.  I imagine that many passengers stiff the crew so the cruise lines do it this way.  If on your cruise you feel that the crew doesn't deserve the amount, remember it is shared with a number of crew members some of whom you never see, you can talk to the front desk about reducing the amount.  The crew know that you prepaid and you won't seem tight by not handing extra amounts by hand.  

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Hi we go on our first cruise in oct and we have paid £100pp upfront ,personally i think this is alot,is it normal to have to pay upfront before you even know whether you think it is deserved,and also it will seem as if we are being tight if we dont tip individuals whilst we are sailing 

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BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Prepaying gratuities is an option. Many people do it, but I understand your point.  In some cases, you save money because gratuities are rising. So, you can pay before the increase takes effect. That is happening to us on our upcoming cruise.  If we were to pay onboard, we would get hit with the higher fee.   Some companies will still allow you to remove them if you are not pleased with the service.   We did this one time years ago, but things were really bad.

LIZSULLIVAN10
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Thankyou for your replys,we were told that we must pay upfront and didnt have an option of withdrawing,if in fact the cruise team know that we have actually already paid upfront then thats fine and we will tip individuals as we sail but i do think it should be left as a choice and not forced as the holidays are a luxury for some like me,i am really looking forward to our cruise as it has been a dream of mine for so long and i certainly wont let the matter spoil it for me  thankyou

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Which line are you sailing on ?  I'm guessing Royal Caribbean. I think they have a no removal policy. But MUST pay upfront ?  That's a new one on me.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Celebrity demands prepayment of gratuities if you are using their "anytime" dining.

For me, knowing that the money is going to many different people, the "forced "gratuity"" is a non-issue. I typically give over and above that to the steward or any other crewmember that I think is giving service over and above what is required of them.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I can not add to the statements above. However, I can add have a great cruise!

LIZSULLIVAN10
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Sorry we are sailing on carnival liberty,if all guests have paid upfront then this is not an issue ,however most friends who have previously sailed have not had to pay upfront which is the reason i questioned it,Thanks for your replys 

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Did you book through an Agent or the cruise line direct. Also, did you speak to anyone during the process? I have not heard about mandatory prepayment for gratuities yet, although I know the daily fee is rising. Since this is your first cruise, ask a lot of questions from this site. The experience here is a vault of knowledge.

LIZSULLIVAN10
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Hi we booked through an agent and he phoned me back the next day saying we had to add £200 onto the price he had quoted for gratuities and this was not an option,i dont mind paying this but i wasnt sure that the crew would know that we had already paid this amount,i am so glad i found this site as i am gathering alot of knowledge from it,if anyone has any tips i would greatly appreciate them thankyou

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

If you pre-pay or auto pay, the crew knows tips have been paid.   Once you pay you do not need to tip along the way on the ship.  All of your bar bills will have a 15 % tip added to them not covered by your pre-paid tips.

I do tip extra to people that give exceptional service,  mostly the cabin steward if they are very good and keep my ice bucket filled and fresh towels or the dining staff if they get me special meals that were not on the menu that night.

Enjoy your first cruise, I look forward to reading your review to see how you like cruising.

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