Removing gratuities

I know this can be done as its not legal to enforce you to pay gratuity. However, has anyone ever done this? I don't like giving money and not knowing where its going. I like to pay my own tips. Anyone else like this?

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How do you intend to tip the buffet chefs and the dishwashers ? Are you going to go down to the laundry and tip the person that does your sheets ? The autogratuities goes to all the people you don’t see. As far as legalities go, these ships fly under foreign flags. They pretty much do what they want .

‘Your profile shows no cruises, if this is correct, then why are you worried about removing gratuities before you have even taken the cruise ? Seems to me you are just looking for a way to save some money at the expense of some really hard working people.

Just my opinion of course, but we are taking our first cruise in October and tipping is just part of the vacation experience. Now, if the daily / overall experience is really bad, then you have an argument to remove the tips. Maybe.

Totally agree. Most of the people that work on the ships don't make much. The tips are additional income for them and based on my last cruise, they deserve it.

Unfortunately the cruise lines have chosen to minimize the crews wages and make up for it with auto gratuities. Consider them as a part of the cruise. Removing them hurts the entire crew and not just one or two individuals that may have not been performing as expected. We would never remove the auto gratuities and for those we feel merit it such as our steward or various servers we tip them with cash as we see fit. If you encounter a problem, report them to the senior staff on the ship and if necessary to the cruise lines when you get home.

Cheers and happy sailing.

Sorry I'm British so you will have to forgive me. We don't tip in the same way Americans do so it's difficult for us to understand. We tip waiters and porters but that's about it. Pot washers etc no. I understand your point but for us British folk it's a difficult concept

Sorry new member not new cruiser- however will be the first with my own family as an adult. Honesty not looking to save money- the cost of a cruise from uk being so high gratuities really don't make a big difference.

We also consider the auto gratuities as part of the cruise price. I totally understand why you asked the question as there are a several countries where tipping is not as routine as in the U.S. Some of the auto gratuity will be divided up for the team of wait staff in the dining room. If you have anytime dining with a different team each night it might be frustrating for you to figure out who to tip. This way the wait team in that dining room get compensated evenly. We then tip more to those who go above the expected service we have received. The wait staff in the buffet area often get overlooked and the auto gratuities help with that.

Thanks for explaining your reason for asking. I would also recommend, that if you receive wonderful service from someone, jot a note about that and give it to them and/or to management .... this will help in their promotions and other little benefits they get.

I understand the British poster now. I pay the gratuities up front. it's like $100 or more. It pays the crew. I think it sucks though to have to tip cause the cruise line is a cost cutting monster and I really don't see anything that benefits the passenger from cost cutting. So I pay the tip and a then the steward if he's good and my favorite bartender. I add a dollar in cash. It's incredible how fast I get a cocktail no matter the crow.

You will have to pay it one way or the other ... either through a lower cruise cost with auto gratuities or no auto gratuities with higher cruise prices. From the cruise line perspective the first is the better option as lower prices makes the cruise more attractive to advertise and as a gratuity they are not taxed on it as they would be if it was a cruise price. So consider it a hidden cost saving for the cruise line.

I am like you also. I would rather tip my people as I go but I don't know if you can remove the prepaying of gratuity. Let me know if you find out.

You can go to the Customer Service desk and request that the auto tips be taken off and you can ask for envelopes to tip as you see fit.

I myself do not feel it is worth the time in line since you can not say. "My MDR staff was bad, take out the tips for them but tip all the others" What I do is I just think of the auto tipping as part of the cruise cost and I give extra tips to the staff that go above and beyond for me. The auto tipping is really not much $, I'll be cheap after vacation, when on vacation I want a good time and not to have to worry about the small stuff like tipping.

Europeans do look at tipping much different then us Americans and Canadians do. Cruise lines are aware of this.

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