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Barrett-Treen - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 17:44)

We come from a cuture of not being told what to spend our money on. We are very difficult to advertise to, that’s just one of the reasons. We don’t like “hidden” expediture and like to know the full cost of everything.Just look at the Financial Services endowment fiasco. We don’t have a country where tipping is expected. We have the opionion that when you employ somebody you pay them a living wage and tax isn’t added at the till…If the cost of a cruise needs to go up by £150 per person to enable a living fair wage, then I wish they would just do that. I think one of the problems is that each cruiseline has a different swing on it and we don’t like things to be unclear, sounds to us like a con going on and somebody wants our money for no good reason that we decided on. But the culture of crusies has, it would seem derived from America…. If people got their heads around that, that when you cruise you are “in america culture” as far as tipping is concerned, then I think it would start to make more sense to people and they would realise that the staff need the tips to make their salary’s up to a normal living wage and that has to be a fair way to spend money.

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renshaw - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 16:29)

No we are no.

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Reston - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 17:03)

I am originally from Scotland and whilst the Scottish have a reputation for being 'tight' this is true on occasions. When they do not get acceptable service they will not tip. I and many of my family have cruised 10 times and looked after the staff who looked after us. Bad service should never be rewarded and to add a % on to my invoice is not acceptable. However my experience is that it appears to be Yorkshire and Wales who are not keen inputting their hand in their pocket, but expect everything they can 'as they have paid for it'. If I had a £1.00 for everytime I heard this comment from fellow cruisers who have come from this part of the county, it would pay for my next cruise. It is a pity that this reputation is given to all British .

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Vincent - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 18:22)

Neil, I think it is just that Brits are not used to being obliged to tip service personnel. Do you tip in restaurants which put a 15% service charge on the bill? Most cruise lines charge you for tips then say that tips are not expected, but they ARE! Some people can't take a holiday unless they are drinking from dawn to after midnight. They should go with Thomson who will be happy to have them. Anyone who wants to drink like a fish on a cruise liner needs a shrink more than cheap booze.

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Williams - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 22:00)

Neil, I have to totally agree with you. I read time and time again of how people are cancelling the standard tip system, obviously so they can pay less. What is very clear from anyone that cruises regularly is that overall the service one gets is excellent and from people who work very hard for 12 hours a day and are often supporting their familes who they do not see for months on end. I have no problem in paying the standard tip and also paying those that are particularly good an extra tip. The comments I see are small minded and you get the impression that these people begin to spoil their holiday because they becoem anti tipping martyrs. But thats their problem and unfortunately the staff that deserve but do not get their fair due.

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Chapman - Answered a Question by Neil Down (03 Aug 07 23:37)

No but we do want value for our money. We do not like being 'ripped off' and I in particular do not like being told what I have to tip at the end of a cruise. We have always tipped our cabin steward, table stewards, wine steward for good and attentive service - we have always received this! But I do object being told am I going to have xyz/pounds/dollars deducted at the end of the cruise. Having said this there are always people who do not tip and do not go down to dinner on the last night to avoid tipping! I do think the US ships are wrong expecting us to make up low wages by tipping.

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Stirling - Answered a Question by Neil Down (04 Aug 07 08:26)

Yes the British are mean and tight when it comes to tipping.Certain cruise lines include the tips so it can be in the price u pay,then the crew are guaranteed a wage.When u are on a cruise with lots of Brits its none stop gossip about the tips,and how expensive they are.

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Yeomans - Answered a Question by Neil Down (04 Aug 07 09:28)

I don't think its only the Brits that r tight. I don't think because they r tight, they don't want want to tip. If people realise how much catering staff etc were on and what hours they have to work even in this country they would maybe feel differently.

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COLLIER - Answered a Question by Neil Down (04 Aug 07 09:38)

I don;t think brits are tight, i just think that we live in a rip off country, i earn about 40k a year and i work very very hard in dangerous situations to earn that, i fund single parents, druggies drunks etc so if i get the chance for a bargain or get away with tipping then i do, everything we pay for is a rip off, i am well travelled and believe me we are the worst country for wasting tax payers money, people choose to work on cruises for the money they get, if it isn't enough they should get a better paid job. pam in cleveley.

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GRAHAM - Answered a Question by Neil Down (04 Aug 07 09:39)

When it comes to tips we are very mean,if you go on a cruise and tipping is expected you should be prepared to pay usually staff work long and hard to make your holiday most enjoyable.If one is really better than most I usually give them extra.Dont be mean and keep the British flag flying.A M G.

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