Posted April 16th, 2018, 08:49 AM
Sorry but you can't get pass GratuityI also said that if I found something in the culture to be untenable I would avoid that culture in the future, so if I had an issue with the tipping on cruise ships I wouldn't be cruising because that really perpetuates any perceived injustice (and please remember you are the one with the issue with the current system, I have no issue with it). You say that at the base rate they still make out better than those folks at home and they might, but let me ask you this- if the base rate is $1000 per month and the crew would make $2000 per month if everyone left their tips in place which do you think the crew would prefer? And yes, the gratuity is voluntary, but it is expected. I would no more remove the gratuities without reason on a cruise ship than I would eat at a restaurant and not leave a tip.
: something given voluntarily or beyond obligation...... given without claim or demand.If it is a gratuity it is the choice of the person to give or not give. And like others have said many workers in American work for minimum wages and no tips. Why are you not helping them?
Newsflash: even at the base pay the amount cruise lines pay is much more than the workers make in their home countries. I pay my cruise fare for the trip, I am not required to improve the lives of the workers over and above the contracted rate. And if I did pay these fees no proof that they go 100% to the workers. In fact you ( People paying auto service fees) are the one who is hurting the workers by pushing a system forward that does not belong in place.
The same workers you think are so underpaid can go to work in factories 12 hours a day 29 days a month for US$200 dollars or work on a cruise ship for 3 times that and have paid meals and lodging. Seems to me the cruise ship workers are overpaid compared to the factory workers.
Royal (RCCL) has a center here in Manila they are looking to hire 30,000 workers they have 10, 20, 30 people applying for every job posted. So don't think for a minute the current crews can't be replaced.
You said ""when in Rome, do as the Romans do"... so that means use salve labor and if they act out feed them to the lions for sport.... Sorry Some of us do not care about what the Romans did, besides didn't that system fail?
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