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  1. thanks for posting. So I don't deal with those grumpy bartenders, do you remember the names of the individuals you liked?
  2. Hello, Does anyone know if these stores on Front Street are still in business? Wrote to them and i did not receive a reply. Among other things they sold liquor and cigs. Thanks Mike
  3. Do you happen to have the e-mail address for the Haven department? Thanks.
  4. Others are more adult than me but really now, it will be hard to ignore all of your "thoughts" during what I'm sure will be a mostly positive cruise. Cheers!
  5. I suggest showering.
  6. Please let us know your favorite bartender's and their locations (I hope one of you do drink).
  7. So just when I thought, I beat my question to an ugly death, what should happen? Answer.....Viking called me! I admit that I do leave a lot of crumbs. My name, my location and the details that I write gave me away. Well anyway, I appreciate the effect they made to contact me. But I must admit, it would have been easier for them to just post a reply here. After all, they have been known to reply on these boards. The person who contacted me was from the "post-cruise" department. She asked if I still had a question about the gratuities. Well yes, I did and will still question it until it comes time to tell Viking what I wish to give the staff. Auto gratuities don't work well for me without an explanation. She then said, she did not have an answer but will get me one. I was placed on hold. Hmmmmm, that's odd that she was not prepared to explain it, since she called me. After the brief hold she kind of said it was management who determined the amount. Again, my question as to how it was determined was not really answered, but I told the individual that Viking not having an answer was indeed the answer I was looking for. Please don't get me wrong, this will be my 7th river cruise (plus 2 ocean cruises) in 6 years. More bread crumbs. I really like the Viking product. Almost always a home run. It's just that Corporate Viking can make things difficult.
  8. On my July river cruise, it was 15 euro per person per day. They now auto-charge it to you final invoice. As previously stated, this amount can be adjusted. You can also pre-purchase it at the $18 recommended rate. No separate rate for the cruise director. Everyone apparently will share your generosity. In the past, I have been able to use the OBC (from both Viking and a TA) for tipping. But only if I do it while on board.
  9. Not sure if this answers your question. My cruise document booklet for Undiscovered China suggest $2 for the local guide and $1 for the driver. To me that means American dollars are acceptable. On the European river cruises it says 2 euro/1 euro. With China just devaluing their local currency, no one will reject the almighty dollar.
  10. Service is spotty. I had waited 2 weeks and then called shareholder services. Gentleman's name was Mario. Could not be nicer and applied the OBC to my cruise.
  11. Thank you for telling me the obvious. Viking replied to me but not to my question. Here is their reply- -Tipping on board is at your discretion. Should you choose to tip your gratuities will be distributed among the ship’s staff, Program Director & Tour Escorts who travel with you in China. I guess this is the best I can expect.
  12. Thank you Fran. Very interesting what you wrote. However, the Viking rules appear to have changed. Viking will now automatically add the "discretionary" service charge to my shipboard account. They did it on my Viking river cruise this July in Bordeaux. No problem paying 15 euro pp. I know I can tip as much as I wish. I don't think it's unreasonable to ask how the $25 pp cruise and $10 pp land was calculated for China. I think it's excessive. (That must be obvious). All these employees should already be receiving a living wage.
  13. I re-directed my email to"Tellus@". And thank you for forwarding the Undiscovered China question. I see it was asked and no one could answer it.
  14. Peregrina651 (or is this Katrine?) Are you confusing me with someone else? I previously asked about putting the tips on a credit card. Or is the my underwear question that's confusing you? Anyway, I have enjoyed reading many of your replies. Many are very helpful. Unfortunately, this one is not. Viking should be replying to everyone's reasonable inquiry. If only to say. we aren't going to reply to you. Not replying is rude. When I asked this question, it actually got directed to Australia. The reply was as follows- Gratuities are included in our cruise fares. We do not provide itemised costs If they cannot reply as to how they arrived at the suggested amounts, then they have no right to auto-charge it to my credit card on board. They might as well tell me the gratuities will be $200 per day. Tipping in China is not the same as in the US. I have read in multiple places that it is considered rude and impolite to leave a tip. I guess the Viking alternative to not being rude is to tip generously. I think my inquiry is reasonable.
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