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We leave for our first crystal cruise next week. I know tipping is “included” but just so I have enough cash is there anyone you typically give cash to while onboard?

 

on Royal we carry wads of ones with us and hand them out throughout the day but in know this isn’t  RCCL 😀

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It's not necessary.  We do tip people a bit extra that have gone over and above at the end of a cruise.

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Edited by ChatKat in Ca.

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The answer to this is that it is going to vary by person whether or not they tip and if they do tip who they tip so I am going to leave specifics alone on this one.

 

With that said should you wish to tip anyone there are a couple of ways to do this.

 

One is to fill out a gratuity card(s).  You can  get  them at the  reception desk.  On that card you can indicated the name(s) whom you would like to tip, the amount and charge this against your shipboard account.  If  you have any credits it can be used for this.  This makes it easier not to have to worry about how much cash you  have.  If you go this route when you turn in the form(s) you will receive cards back to your room  the next day for each person you tip.  You can get envelopes at the desk and place the card in each one and hand it to the person directly.  If you don't they will know about them when they check their shipboard account.

 

Other method is to give a cash tip(s) to those you want to thank.

 

As mentioned tipping is not necessary so it comes down to personal preference.  

 

Some people want to thank the entire crew so another option is to make a donation to the Crew Welfare Fund which is used for the crew.  To do so you can fill  out the form that I mentioned indicating Crew Welfare Fund and the amount  you would like to give.  

 

Again they can assist you at the Reception Desk on this.

 

Enjoy  your first Crystal Cruise.

 

Keith

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Tipping is not obligatory on Crystal so it’s very much a personal choice 

 

It would be unusual to tip in cash during the cruise - say for a waitress bringing a drink but I’ve seen it done on rare occasions 

 

However people will tip cash to certain staff at end of the crew or you can use OBC to pay gratuities - just see the reception staff

 

Another option to consider is making a contribution to the Crew Fund which is used to the benefit of all crew - we’ve moved to that rather than trying to tip everyone but still give to a small number of specific crew like our cabin attendant 

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Thanks everyone. We had planned to give the the crew fund but won’t worry about carrying cash. 

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21 hours ago, Lmm79 said:

Thanks everyone. We had planned to give the the crew fund but won’t worry about carrying cash. 

 

Like Stickman, we have contributed to the Crew Welfare Fund on our last few cruises, that way we don't miss anyone. The Fund is used to fund staff outings, crew parties, or to get staff home in "the event of need". 

 

We did two segments of the World Cruise this past February/March and on a couple of occasions saw "men of the Old School' (why is it always guys?) flashing cash trying to curry favour with the restaurant Maitre D's etc. It obviously made the staff uncomfortable, and quite frankly, made those "men" look just a little ridiculous. IMHO anyway.

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Whilst tipping is, as everyone has pointed out, a personal choice I find the handing out of cash tips during the cruise to staff and crew who, for example, bring you a drink or seat you at the table unsavoury and not in the spirit of things. I've seen this happen on our current cruise and I think it makes the crew and other passengers feel uncomfortable. IMO, If you wish to tip it should be done at the end of the cruise.

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12 minutes ago, ClefsDor said:

Whilst tipping is, as everyone has pointed out, a personal choice I find the handing out of cash tips during the cruise to staff and crew who, for example, bring you a drink or seat you at the table unsavoury and not in the spirit of things. I've seen this happen on our current cruise and I think it makes the crew and other passengers feel uncomfortable. IMO, If you wish to tip it should be done at the end of the cruise.

Thank you. We certainly don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. We enjoying tipping in cash on Royal but it sounds like the crew fund is the way to go for this one. I appreciate the insight from all. Thank you!

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I have used the crew fund on another line. I use tip envelopes at the end of cruise. If you need money there is  an ATM machine on the ship. It is $5 each time you use it.which is less than some I have seen.

 

  

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6 hours ago, ellbon said:

I have used the crew fund on another line. I use tip envelopes at the end of cruise. If you need money there is  an ATM machine on the ship. It is $5 each time you use it.which is less than some I have seen.

 

  

 

An ATM machine on Crystal? Where? I've never seen one.

 

Patty

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5 minutes ago, Texas Tillie said:

 

An ATM machine on Crystal? Where? I've never seen one.

 

Patty

Patty, I saw one in the Casino on Serenity this  year.  Not sure how long it's  been there  but on  our many walks inside the  ship passed  by there often.

 

Keith

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6 minutes ago, Texas Tillie said:

An ATM machine on Crystal? Where? I've never seen one.

 

In the casino on Crystal Serenity - next to the walkway through it on the starboard side

I’ll check on Symphony tonight as I don’t recall seeing one in there 

 

The alternative is just getting cash from the cage for use at the tables - and then changing your mind as to how you use it (wink wink) - no $5 fee then

Edited by Stickman1990

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Terry and Keith, that explains why I've never seen it. Haven't been in the casino since Genting took over. Can think of any number of ways for them to separate me from my money other than throwing it down a casino rat hole!😱

 

Patty

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3 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

In the casino on Crystal Serenity - next to the walkway through it on the starboard side

I’ll check on Symphony tonight as I don’t recall seeing one in there 

 

The alternative is just getting cash from the cage for use at the tables - and then changing your mind as to how you use it (wink wink) - no $5 fee then

 

Can you use OBC for the casino, and cash in that manner? We have such a large sum of OBC, between 8 of us on our forthcoming cruise, we really cannot work out how to use it.....that said, it is our Ruby wedding, and I am sure my wife might get an idea or two from onboard jewellers!!

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3 hours ago, hamrag said:

Can you use OBC for the casino, and cash in that manner? 

 

Sorry - no can do - you can use OBC like a cash credit with the option to refund it 

 

Theres lots of ways to use OBC though, here’s some ideas (but not an exhaustive list):

 

Spa

Tours

Wines

Flowers 

Extra visits to Specialty Restaurants 

Purchases at the shops 

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3 hours ago, hamrag said:

 

Can you use OBC for the casino, and cash in that manner? We have such a large sum of OBC, between 8 of us on our forthcoming cruise, we really cannot work out how to use it.....that said, it is our Ruby wedding, and I am sure my wife might get an idea or two from onboard jewellers!!

Crew fund

caviar

handbags

 

to name a few

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21 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:

 

Sorry - no can do - you can use OBC like a cash credit with the option to refund it. 

 

 

Are you suggesting it may be refundable OBC, on any unused portion, at end of cruise?

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2 hours ago, hamrag said:

 

Are you suggesting it may be refundable OBC, on any unused portion, at end of cruise?

All OBC must be used on the ship.

 

It will not be  credited back to your credit card if you don't use it.

 

Keith

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I should keep my mouth  shut but I think I won't.

 

LMM you asked what people someone might tip in cash and the answer is it could be most anyone.  I know several people who prefer to tip in cash.  It could be their stewardess, a butler, a waiter, someone working in Marketplace,  a  fitness director, a casino dealer,  someone in the bar, etc. etc., etc.   At the same time some who might tip these  people do it via their shipboard account.

 

At the same time you may wish not to tip and since it is  not expected no worries.

 

Just like most things (evening attire comes to mind) whether or not you tip, and how you tip is a  very personal decision. It  is not  expected but certainly appreciated.  

 

As I mentioned earlier you can give cash tips, or charge it to your shipboard account and fill out the form and give money to the crew welfare fund and/or to individuals.  If  you don't know the names of some people you the reception desk is very helpful and they have photographs  of many crew members which  should help.

 

What you do is really personal.

 

Now the advantage of charging this to your shipboard account is two-fold.  One  is if you have shipboard credits it would go against that first.  Second benefit is if you have a credit card with benefits from charging to it that would be another reason to charge it to your ship board account.

 

If one wants to give a cash tip it is easily done.  Yes  you can just give someone cash or you could get envelopes from the reception desk and maybe write something on the envelope and you can discreetly give it to the person without it become an  embarrassment to anyone.  Sure some people don't do it discreetly but most people who do this do it discreetly and just very casually give the envelope with cash to the person  they wish to tip and thank them.  

 

In  the end just do what you feel comfortable doing  and IMHO don't worry about what others think.

 

Again it is not necessary but many things are not necessary in life yet some people want to do it for a wide range of reasons and often simply to thank someone for a job well done.  

 

Now some will disagree with me.  Some will agree.  And that is life on CC  and  just  simply life.

 

If we all did the same things and thought the same way  it would be awfully boring.

 

Just post on CC and ask how much you give to a porter at the cruise ship terminal and  you will get 50 different responses. 

 

Wishing you a wonderful cruise.  

 

Keith

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As usual Keith I think you hit the nail on the head. Everything comes into perspective when you consider what the longshoreman does in roughly 30 seconds to earn a $5 or $10 bill when you drop off your luggage in hopes that it will make it onboard........

 

Cheers,

Rob

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So, refundable OBC has to be used? On Oceania this year, I received cash before disembarking, on Seabourn, it was credited to my credit card on file. I understand non-refundable OBC must be used up, but refundable? If so, Crystal has different rules.

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I remember a time when Crystal had both refundable and nonrefundable OBC, but I thought I knew that all OBC on Crystal is now nonrefundable? Anyone with a better memory than mine?

 

Patty

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1 hour ago, Texas Tillie said:

I remember a time when Crystal had both refundable and nonrefundable OBC, but I thought I knew that all OBC on Crystal is now nonrefundable? Anyone with a better memory than mine?

 

Patty

 

Patty,

 

you're memory is correct..yes, there was a time on crystal when there was refundable and non-refundable OBC.  Not exactly sure whe things changed, perhaps in the past few year....Currently,  ALL OBC is NON-Refundable.

 

Nancy

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42 minutes ago, nancygp said:

 

Patty,

 

you're memory is correct..yes, there was a time on crystal when there was refundable and non-refundable OBC.  Not exactly sure whe things changed, perhaps in the past few year....Currently,  ALL OBC is NON-Refundable.

 

Nancy

 

Having never had OBC leftover...........:classic_smile:

 

I THINK, if the OBC was purchased with cash as a gift by say, your TA or a friend, that it can be refunded. If it was provided by Crystal, ie - as part of a group amenity package, then it is not refundable. Best way to find out is ask at the desk.

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