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Very interesting read, thanks for the link.

This is a nice side by side break out of the policies of the various cruise lines. Thank you for posting.

I read the entire article but didn't find one cruise line listed that charged $23. Perhaps, though, that higher fee is for those in suites? It was an interesting read. At a Q & A session, a senior officer on HAL said that the gratuity is spread fleet-wide not just for workers on the ship we were ailing on - huh? I wasn't too happy about that. Gloria

Thanks for posting. I do not like the practice of subsidizing crew pay with tips. Its a practice that restaurants have abused for years.

Its a way to keep their profits up while keeping their advertised price down. I have no issue with tipping for quality service but do wish they paid their associates a living wage not dependent on the kindness of others.

Carnival does invoice higher for suites but it's not $23.00

Bummer! I agree with you, this is NOT ok!

The way I read the article is that 23 bucks is the most charged by any of them. So--- Oceania Cruises
Daily gratuity charge: $16
Note: Passengers staying in top suites with butler service pay $23. Company policy.
Additional charges: An 18% gratuity is added to bar bills, the bill for extra-charge eatery La Reserve and for services at ship spas.


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