Pride Of America Worst Cruise Ever

I didn't mind prepaid gratuities - I was surprised with a standard 18% gratuity on all beverages - possibly disappointed with an expectation of a further gratuity on all beverages - day tour guides even outlined the difference between a "bad gratuity and a good one" - then a daily service fee per day per person of US $15 per day - enjoyed the islands BUT gratuity overload. First cruise with NCL after 3 wonderful cruises with Royal Carribeean. Paid the bill - did not complain - will NEVER cruise with them again!. Where are the negative stars? 

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9 Answers

That's, like cruise industry standard adding the gratuities, although the amount may vary from cruise to cruise.

Someone needs to look more closely at their Royal Caribbean receipts.

Keep in mind too, P.o.A is an American ship, with American workers. Taxes and gratuities are based on whatever is standard for Hawaii.

I think you didn't do enough research on this one.

You did not understandthe post. The receipts were understood and accepted without question. The quality of service did not warrant 4 sets of gratuities. I hope you continue to be satisfied with NCL.

I understand the gratuities but do not like the 15 percent added on every beer I have. I also tip an extra buck quite a few times per drink to my favorite bartenders and also extra for the steward

I don't like that either. One negative I do have about CCL is that they charge more for drinks than Princess. I don't mind tipping more to bartenders and bar maids if they have a good attitude. A lot more if she's a hottie with a good attitude. I tip more to the room stewards even if their attitude is a bit sour. The stewards have, IMO, a hellish existence on board cruise ships.

I am very satisfied with NCL. However, I haven't heard great things about the Pride of America so I would have done a different line. Here is what I know ( or think I know ) about charges. You have your daily pp Fee, which you can prepay. Taxes on drinks are charged because you are essentially always in Hawaiian waters ( think, Texas and NY before you leave port ). Gratuities are ALWAYS placed on drinks nowadays.

Pride of America is a terrible choice to judge a cruiseline on. No other line has a ship like that, and probably for good reason. Staffing a ship with all Americans is a bad idea. You have to pay the staff more for one thing. American workers will sooner or later make demands and hold the ship hostage, not literally but you know what I mean. I think they should end the itinerary and the ship. Too many complaints for my liking.

The Pride Of America is one of a kind like BAK said. I can cruise to Hawaii from Vancouver and back for 15 or so days on Princess for the price of a seven day trip in Hawaii. There seems to be tendency to add tips to everything now.

I don't mind tipping for good service, but the latest for the cruise lines sends all the tips gathered in the system (from auto tipping) into general revenues. You can bet that your server on the pool deck does not get the full 18% of the auto tip.

When we go out to eat, there are places that have a tipping pool where everything get shared, the service at those place is mediocre at best because everyone gets something at the end of the night. We try to avoid these places, if favour of more personal service from smaller, more specialized venues.

I can see the tipping system and it's problems becoming an issue. Our ex daughter in law was on a longer cruise and had prepaid everything she could including transport from and to the ship. The only thing that was not in the package were the pictures and purchases on board. There were huge tips on the bill when they got it and they were surprised at the amount. They paid it, but had a few words when they got back.

The next question should be...What can we do about it all?

One thing we can do, is to stop adding tips on top of the added gratuity. Leave that additional tip line empty. I hate to do it, but something has to be done. We routinely add $1-2 at the coffe bars. That will probably stop.


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