I was disappointed on my recent cruise that I overheard SEVERAL people talk about tipping and NOT tipping. The gratuity added to the bill per day is nothing when split among all the crew who work day and night to take care of passengers, who at times, can be demanding and ungrateful! I always added something to the ticket even when the charge was 0.00 (with the cheers package for drinks). I also took cash along to give to crew members who were especially helpful and made our vacation more special. I don't suspect crew members are well paid and they are definitely over worked. A little something goes a long way to say Thank you!!! 

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We always pay the daily gratuity. We do it before sailing and consider it a given. We also tip in cash our cabin steward as most are exceptional and any other exceptional service that we encounter on the ship. It is only fair.

We always pay the gratuity. While I believe the money goes to general revenue, and the crew does not always get their fair share, That's just my view. I also carry cash for exceptional service, and that is always easy to find.

I pre-pay the gratuities and typically get a drink package as well. Sometimes I add an extra tip (depending on service, etc etc). There was a bartender/manager that treated me and my BF really well (Never charged my BF) so we tipped him nightly like 20 or so. Always went back and enjoyed our down time chillin in central park.

I second that, you have class and style.

It is sad that some do not tip. those are the ones that feel that the crew is paid enough to do the job. I'm of the mind that if you can not afford the tips, then you can not afford the cruise.

I am old school and I remember the days of envelopes on the last night. Now I do the auto tipping and carry cash for those that deserve extra.

I left envelopes with personal notes and some thing special for four crew members. I've been worried they didn't get them. I can't seem to find ou . :(

YES!!! The envelopes!

I still do the envelopes Happy

regardless of poor service in some spots I have never had a cruise where all the staff have been horrible. you tip above and beyond for exceptional service, and everyone else get the standard gratuity

The gratuity issue comes up a lot in cruising discussion. Some reticence to tipping is cultural so try not to be too judgmental about those who do not participate. That said, I don't understand the practice of going to guest services to demand all gratuities be removed from one's bill. Yeah, I know those statements stand in opposition to each other but when I've witnessed people doing it, their behavior is rude, borderline spiteful, and condescending toward the crew. Perhaps it is the behavior that bothers me.

We tip to recognize high quality, personalized service. I bring Thank You note cards and hand write an acknowledgement of our appreciation with the additional tip enclosed. That way crew members know what they did to make our travels all the more enjoyable.


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