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Connelly - Answered a Question by ferguson (18 Sep 07 09:51)

It is traditional on cruise ships to pay tips to the staff. Some cruiselines build it into the fare and some leave it up to your discression. $6pppd seems cheap to me as it is usually around $10pppd. If you are quibbling about paying the equivalent of £3per day which works out at £21pp for a 7 night cruies - - then perhaps you should not be cruising. Traditionally the staff that the tips go to do not get paid a salary [or if they do it is around $100 per month] - the tips are their salary - so if you do not tip then you are not paying your room steward for making your bed and cleaning your toilet and you are not paying your waiter for bringing you your meals..

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carberry - Answered a Question by ferguson (18 Sep 07 19:56)

Hi,you can cancel these tips/service charges at any time on your cruise and tip at the end of the cruise in envelopes provided we are sailing with princess and they charge $10 ppd we aren't going to cancel ours as long as the service is worth it.there will probably be a 15% service charge on your drinks bill you can't opt out of this one relax and look forward to your cruise and make your own mind up when you get there you can't please all of the people all of the time..what annoys them mightn't annoy you can't comment on costa but ratings are generally high.try www.cruisediva.com fantastic site.

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Ida & Neil Down - Answered a Question by ferguson (18 Sep 07 20:02)

The writer from Oxford is so right. Most of these guys and gals that your tips go to are away from their partners and children for nine months at a time and they are there hoping to improve the lives of their dependants at quite a mental cost so don't baulk at the meagre amount you are being asked to pay. It's the way things happen with cruise companies currently. If you are not charged gratuities and the ship pays the wages you will have had to pay for that someway or other, there generally is no such thing as a free ride....Ida Dow.

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Williams - Answered a Question by ferguson (20 Sep 07 18:59)

I so agree with the previous answer and despair at the mean approach of so many of the questioners - all they seem interested in is how to avoid tipping and what is the price of beer. Get a life and if you can't afford to give a reasonable tip for good service go back to Benidorm!

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Willis - Answered a Question by ferguson (21 Sep 07 18:47)

I have just come back from a cruise on the Freedom Carnival and we were stopped $10ppd it was worth every penny for the way we were treated and the hard work those young girls and boys put into, your $6ppd is very cheap I suggest you pay them more if you are happy with the service.

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Diver - Answered a Question by ferguson (21 Sep 07 23:53)

I wouldn't mind the tipping so much, if it was a free choice, but when it is compulsarym why don't they just stick it on the price and the staff a decent wage in the first place, because that's what they are doing and it would be a lot more honest. This isn't going to happen as the cruiselines are trying show the cheapest prices in the brochures and not the true price of the cruise. Which means tipping is not really tipping if it's compulsary.

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Graham - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 09:36)

Dont be mean, cruising is great value and the hard working staff make the cruise a luxury,they go to extremes to make you happy.I usually give more than what is recomended if the staff are good.We in the UK hate tipping but then the service is not generally as good as in the USA.

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medhurst - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 10:05)

Your very lucky to only pay $6 per day per person,Most of the American ships charge $10 or $11 pp per da.

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Knott - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 11:33)

You can choose to opt out of this but once you realise the standard of service you are getting then you know it`s worth every penny. Don`t be so tight or stay at home!!

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miller - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 11:43)

I understand your annoyance but the booking agent is wrong to have not told you the full charges. My understanding from our Costa Victoria cruise was it was 10 for adults and 6 for children. The ships are very good and it is worth paying it the style and excellent ambience on board not to mention the facilities, although most of the passengers are from europe. We did not have to pay charges with Island Star they were included, we just left a generous tip with our cabin steward but it was a smaller ship and English, having said that we thoroughly enjoyed every minute on the Island Star, it was less crowded with excellent facilities and staff. However, if it is too late to change your cruise, you should definitely take up your complaint with your travel agen.

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