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Aldrich - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 18:11)

You have to fill in a form requesting that the grats are added to your onboard acct. If you don't fill in the form then the grats are not automatically added. You just then have to pay the full ammount in cash at the end.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 18:18)

As it says on the website: So that you can thank those who have made your cruise vacation better than you could have imagined, we've developed these gratuity guidelines: Suite attendant: $5.75 USD a day per guest Stateroom attendant: $3.50 USD a day per guest Dining Room Waiter: $3.50 USD a day per guest Assistant Waiter: $2.00 USD a day per guest Headwaiter: $.75 USD a day per guest Note: These gratuities apply to guests of all ages. Gratuities for other service personnel are at your discretion. A 15% gratuity will automatically be added to your bar bill or wine check when you are served. Envelopes for gratuities will be provided in your stateroom on the last night of the cruise. Gratuities may be paid in the following ways: Pre paid by having them added to your reservation by your booking agent. Added to your onboard SeaPass account. Paid in cash at the end of the cruise .

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Wilba - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 19:01)

Yes & you can go anytime .

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Lambert - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 19:24)

On most cruise lines you can, but I hope you are still going to tip. Those of us who do subsidise those who don't. The tip is not just for waiter and cabin staff, but those who clean the ship, staff the buffet etc. Many crew are paid dreadful wages, and tips are what they work for. We always do the on-board tipping programme and if our waiter or cabin steward is particularly good we slip them a little something extra. You can opt out of the tipping plan and just tip those who have personally dealt with you.

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Bonnette - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 20:06)

Hello For someone who asks a question like this it probably means that you are a 1st timer cruiser but to ask two very emotive questions on tipping and smoking you are liable to rock the boat. Why not learn as you go along and tip using the normal procedure for the first time afloat then make up your mind when you have experienced the service you will no doubt be given. If you are not a "virgin cruiser" then I apologise but wonder why you are asking the question (unless you have no experience of tipping at sea). Heather p.s. I can hear the cutlasses rattling alread.

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Giles - Answered a Question by jepson (11 Mar 08 23:53)

Can you be a litte more clear, have you prepaid your gratuities with your agent or RCI before boarding.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by jepson (12 Mar 08 10:49)

Last year on Navigator you had to opt out at the guest relations other wise it get added on to your sea pass.they did not add anything to the drinks,but this may be different when your in the Caribbean as it may follow the American way tips are added to drinks but the drinks are cheaper.It is easier to pay using your sea pass and the crew tell me they do get the money?

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newell - Answered a Question by jepson (12 Mar 08 14:56)

Message for bonnette, i think your stuck up with answers like that. and who are you to look down on us as fist time cruisers .

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Williams - Answered a Question by jepson (12 Mar 08 15:53)

I totally agree with Bonnette. There appears to be a growing number of cruisers who are only interested in 1) how they reduce or eliminate tips 2)the price of alcohol 3)how they can smuggle booze into their cabin 4) where they can smoke 5) how they can avoid dressing for dinner Of little concern seems to be 1) the places they will visit and the different cultures they will experience 2) the level of service they might receive from people far worse off than they and the posiveness of rewarding them for their excellence 3) Acting in a way that conforms to the rules laid down by the shipping company 4) Having total consideration for one's fellow passengers Yes just call me old fashioned !

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jepson - Answered a Question by jepson (12 Mar 08 16:59)

Dear williams of st Albans aka old fashioned you seem to have a very vivid imagination of what category of passenger I am, I a non drinker so that clears me of the smuggling charge, I love dressing for dinner though what this has to do with the removal of gratuities is beyond me. Regarding tipping I tip who I want to tip not follow as you put it the rules laid down by the shipping company, to subsidise the poor pay they give their staff. If the giving of gratuities is no longer left to the discretion of the passenger how can you feel positive at rewarding those staff who give good service when those who give bad sevice also recieve the same gratuity. Enforced gratuity is merely subsidising poor pay and therefore knocks the whole process on its head.

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