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 would "they" know, if you tip in cash?

They wouldn't unless the crew members were very honest.

I think most crewmembers value their job too much to risk it over a few dollars.

Understand your point but no one would have any way of distinguishing tips given to the crew member by those who had paid gratuity and those that hadn't. I'm sure they just collect tips in a cash bag (I had a "fanny pack" type thing when I was in a similar role)

In my experience, the wait staff would ask your cabin number if you gave them a tip. According to them, all tips must be turned in. The cabin number was checked against the roster of who cancelled the auto-grats. If the tipper had cancelled, then the tip went into the pool. If the tipper had not cancelled, the tip was returned to the crew member.

As far as waitstaff, there are far too many "witnesses" to try to get away with simply pocketing the tip and saying nothing.

We had dinner with an officer one night on NCL. We asked about the change to auto tipping. He said that people behind the scenes never get tipped, so this way everyone gets a little something more for their effort. However, after we pressed him, he acknowledged that the "gratuities" go into the general fund and the people are paid salaries out of that. They DO NOT get extra.

We always tip the people who go above and beyond what their job description is. If our room steward always has our room cleaned before we get back from dinner, he or she will get extra. (I ask them on our first day to please have our room ready by then). If the dining room staff remembers that I like decaf coffee and they always have it ready for me, they get extra. The people doing laundry don't interact with me, so I don't feel that I should tip them. If I had to sleep on the same sheets for a week, I'd be OK. That's what I do at home.

Now, the cruise lines have taken to calling the extra money that you have to pay a "service charge". This is to discourage people going to the customer service desk and taking that money off their bill. No cruise line likes to do this. NCL will bend over backward and do somersaults to make you happy so you don't take the tips off.

As others said, just think of it as another cost of the cruise and then forget about it and have a wonderful time on your cruise.

Not sure what line you are referring to but I know not all lines require tips be turned in. Princess being one of them. And also - they don't ask for roommnumbers when being tipped. Besides, wait staff usually know your room number and obviously stewards do.

Last year on Royal Princess, and earlier this year on Carnival Freedom my cabin number was requested by the waiter when I gave them their envelopes. As stated, just my past experiences.

Sorry Kergan66, never a Pom (British) but a born and bred Aussie. Like the UK but probably worse, Aussie don’t tip. It is not in our culture. Sure we can and do tip for great service but normally not.

I will continue to remove gratuity’s from my account. We have never had bad service from any cruise staff and if things are so bad why do most of them continue to work on board

There are so many different comments re this subject that nobody really knows what the bloody hell happens to the gratuity’s. One just has to read all the different posts.

lol.. I agree with all the posts. but... if anyone asked me if I tipped anyone I say.. Noneya... As in None ya business...

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