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  1. You must be very, very, very, very old - or you must have been a really lousy restaurant worker. Tips have been the norm, at least in US restaurants, for well over a century. John D. Rockefeller in the early years of the 30th Century was famed for his standard dime tips - everywhere and for everyone, regardless of the check.
  2. There is also MSC Opera sailing from Rome to Haifa on 12/11/2019. There seem to be two or three a year ending at Haifa. Give Israel’s security consciousness, it may be difficult to arrange early departure from other sailings, but OP could certainly ask any line he is thinking of sailing. Of course, unless immigration is intended, getting out by ship should also be considered - but the ships whose itineraries end at Haifa must be going somewhere else.
  3. Exactly - but the problem is that too many cruise passengers get sticker shock when they think of spending $25 a day for a couple - especially when they can multiply by 7 - and think about “saving” $175 (on a cruise they could barely afford in the first place) so, not only wont they leave an extra tip - they will reduce/eliminate the service charge. Of course, kharma being what it is, their grandchildren will be stiffed by the grandchildren of today’s cabin stewards and dining room waiters, when they discover that working on Indonesia Philippines Lines cruise ships is better for them than working in Chinese owned factories in the North America Industrial Zone.
  4. Aren’t “dippy” eggs soft boiled - precisely to the “moment of truth” , and served in an egg cup- when the white is firm and the yolk still liquid for dipping a toast corner . My daughters were hard on me - rarely gracious when I over or under did them.
  5. In too many buffets simply getting a table is a hassle, and we have usually been fortunate in table mates, making the experience more than just a quick belly-filling exercise.
  6. When I have schedule pre-cruise travel I have sometimes arranged to ship one suitcase to my pre-cruise hotel, so I don’t have too much to haul around ... and sent stuff home upon debarking to avoid toting around on post-cruise travel.
  7. It sounds like price of cruise has dropped in the nine months since you booked it. I am not familiar with the meaning of the term “Fluid Pricing”, but I know that cruise prices frequently fluctuate as sailing date nears — generally reflecting how demand for the particular itinerary affects sales. It is hard to see a “sales con”. If prices had gone the other way, would you feel that you had conned your agent or the cruise line?
  8. I would not be at all shocked —you will note that I prefaced the post to which you responded : “Intelligent people will insure themselves...” ; and I suppose it must be acknowledged that responsible people are at least as rare as intelligent people.
  9. That price is absurd - for a tuxedo - for three evenings - which will, at best, sort of fit. If you look around, you can buy one for about $200 - add $50 for dress shirt, tie and cummerbund , and you’ll be set for years.
  10. Good point - an employee who undercuts his employer by accepting a bribe might also be willing to accept enough bribes to effectively dilute whatever preferential treatment each bribe is sufficient to purchase. Then, the honest employee who does not want to cheat those who bribe him should probably post a bribe price list - “premium” (for guaranteed superior service), “first class” (for immediate attention if no “premium” bribers are still waiting to be served, finally “special” (to be taken care of after the “premium” and “first class” categories, but before everyone else). Such a three tier system should help the bribers get value for their money (while, incidentally, enriching the bar-tender - or whoever).
  11. No - I do not believe anyone has suggested there is any ulterior motive involved — the motive for giving a bribe is pretty damn clear: it is to buy preferential treatment from an employee of the line — which can only come at the expense of someone else.
  12. Good capsulization — no one here has authority to condemn the conduct of others - but there is little point in trying to have a conversation if words only meaning that varies to support the point of one person or another. An unofficial payment to an employee of a cruise line to receive preferential treatment is a bribe. If you do not like to acknowledge giving bribes - do not give them. If you like the benefits you receive from bribery, that is your approach — but don’t kid yourself.
  13. Or, closer to context: if you walk into a restaurant where there are several people waiting for tables just ask them if they would have any problem with your giving the maitre d’ $50 to induce him to give you the first table. There is a reason why people have developed that almost unnoticeable handshake whereby they grease the palm of someone in a position to treat them more favorably than anyone else.
  14. Intelligent people will insure themselves against risks which they could not cover out of pocket. If you own a house, you will most likely insure it so you would not be homeless if there were a fire. If you own a valuable car, you will likely have collision insurance (subject to whatever deductible you would be happy to pay out of pocket to save a bit on the premium), and if you travel you should be aware of the awesome expenses (probably $50,000 and up) involved in flying you home if you should suffer serious illness/injury. While the costs being insured against are huge, the likelihood of incurring them is so slight that the cost of insurance to cover a $100,000 repatriation is far less than the collision insurance you might have on a $20,000 car.
  15. It seems to me that cruise lines apply a daily service charge to compensate staff for providing the level of service a reasonable passenger would reasonably expect. When you compare the total of tips you might leave for three meals out plus what you might leave for a hotel chambe maid/attendant who provides unusually frequent service, with a lines daily charge - it seems pretty much in line. If the service were actually unsatisfactory, the lines genuinely want to hear - and accommodate your request to appropriately reduce the charge. On the other hand, if an individual seems to go out of his/her way to make your stay on board really enjoyable, leaving a bit extra would seem appropriate.
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