TIPPING BARTENDERS (and others involved)

Most folks know how to act when they actually SIT at a bar for a few hours....but not all...and then some folks take their drinks "away"...and some order theirs from "afar" and have em brought.....and we all know what cruise lines add for alcohol....and to make it more complicated, we get the notorious "drink packages", to make you think its free (not)….anyway...given "different circumstances"   dyou tip EVERYBODY?  ANYBODY? I learned how to behave in ginmills from here to there around the world.....but shipboard bars???? and all those assorted people??hmmmmmm…..

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I will usually tip the bartender or wait staff $1.00 per drink -- same as on land.

I guess I should have included the question...is that cash...greenbacks...or dyou just add it to the chit? that raises another issue doesn't it? Im just chock full of em this am...must be getting close to cruze time hehehe

Yes, but usually at the end of the cruise.

so you go back and "find" them??? different locations, different shifts?? I don't think thats feasible...but what do I know? and, as a follow up...you see the question re carrying cash?

If we are somewhere on deck and the bartender takes the effort to find us, and ask if we want something then we do tip $1 per drink. I think it is fair as sometimes we are on an isolated deck by ourselves.

I do not tip extra when I purchase a drink as the gratuity is already added. We don’t buy the drink package it is a money loser for us. I may have two drinks a cruise. But I do sit in the bars listen to music. If we ask the bar staff to bring is water we will tip.

I'll give them cash if I have it, add it to the tab if not.

We usually drink wine in our cabin before dinner, me wine wife a cocktail, if the weather is decent we are out on our balcony. If inside we turn on the TV when on the open ocean to find out if the USA is still there. We usually have a bottle of wine at dinner which they hold over for us for the next night or so, actually two bottles, she white me red. I never drink in the bars, with the exception of when I'm still in a hot tub and cocktail time hits, then I order a Jack and Coke. I don't carry cash on me when on board but I tip the bar staff, by signing the tab, if the Jack and Coke is $10.00 then I am tipping $1.50 since a 15% gratuity is added on to the tab. Same goes for the wine order for cabin consumption from room service, the hard liquor for cabin consumption and the bottles of wine at dinner, since I sign the tab where a 15% gratuity is added on to it.

Kennicott, are you saying all drinks have a 15% tip automatically added?

I know you asked him...but the short answer is yes...or more, depending on the cruise line. Which is why so many folks DON'T tip a dime....and, since you brought it up, I have seen whole multitudes of folks at bars here n there ashore who leave nothing....buncha skinflints.....and as an aside...buy a drink on sailaway day, in US waters...and take a look at the tab....it'll be a cold day in Hades b4 I'll ever do that again....


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