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3 hours ago, coevan said:

 

 

I saw the tip jar right on the back bar, not hidden at all.

At Alchemy, it is under...  but it is always there.

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On 5/24/2019 at 8:11 PM, coevan said:

I don't understand this. Do you go to your favorite watering holes at home and save up their tips for a week? Your tipping for being served a drink. 

How do you not understand? They are already getting a 18% tip per drink and they get some extra cash at the end of the week. It's a simple concept. 

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On 5/26/2019 at 10:33 AM, Elaine5715 said:

 

What if they aren't there?  Do you pocket that?

Well why wouldn't they be at work? Part of making friends with the bar staff is learning their schedule...so you can go have drinks when they are working. It's worked well for me and that's the way we do it. 

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On 5/22/2019 at 9:33 PM, ricew001 said:

Any of you actual bartenders? Let me tell you from working in the restaurant industry and knowing 100s of bartenders - cash is king and niceness doesn't hurt. TIPPING affects your service. Don't kid yourself. Everyone gets good service but if you tip well, you get better service.

Go to a Bartender group on Facebook and look at what they honestly say.....

 

I believe you, but I've never tipped hoping I'd get better drinks or to get in front of the line. If getting better service would be a reason to tip, it would be silly to tip waiters at the end of a cruise.  

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On 5/21/2019 at 9:47 AM, twodaywonder said:

I will make sure I get there name and put it on the review. They appreciate that more than a dollar. 

 

On 5/21/2019 at 3:49 PM, coevan said:

 

 

I highly doubt this, cash is king. We still write their name for good service. 

I doubt it too and here’s why...a number of crew members send money to their home countries to help their families.  A review card won’t help their families with their immediate needs.  

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2 hours ago, Palmetto Pilot said:

Well why wouldn't they be at work? Part of making friends with the bar staff is learning their schedule...so you can go have drinks when they are working. It's worked well for me and that's the way we do it. 

They could be reassigned, sick, quarantine, doing side work, having a snooze, in training, promoted...  

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On 5/26/2019 at 1:07 PM, Elaine5715 said:

It gets split between the bartenders working that bar at that time.

 

According to the countless bartenders I have talked to on numerous Carnival ships, they get to keep any tips given to them, regardless if it is cash or additional tip added to the receipt. 

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6 hours ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

 

According to the countless bartenders I have talked to on numerous Carnival ships, they get to keep any tips given to them, regardless if it is cash or additional tip added to the receipt. 

If two (or three) bartenders are working the same bar during the same shift, the cash tips go into the jar and the two (or three) of them div it up.  Similar when added to the S&S.  

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44 minutes ago, Elaine5715 said:

If two (or three) bartenders are working the same bar during the same shift, the cash tips go into the jar and the two (or three) of them div it up.  Similar when added to the S&S.  

 

If bartenders are sharing tips, that is something they decided to do together at their level. Carnival’s policy is individual bartenders get to keep all tips they receive, cash or on a receipt. However, auto gratuities are shared among bartenders (and other positions but this thread is about bar tipping). 

Edited by PhillyFan33579

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So if you're playing in the casino and have the DOU card (free drinks) who's picking up the tab? Casino services, I guess. But is gratuity included? I always tip cash anyway but no one has ever been able to answer this question for me.

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15 hours ago, Elaine5715 said:

If two (or three) bartenders are working the same bar during the same shift, the cash tips go into the jar and the two (or three) of them div it up.  Similar when added to the S&S.  

Then that jar is the right front pants pocket.  I think you are comparing apples to oranges, the way we do things in the US is not the way other nations do it and a cruise ship is its own world.  I was told on more than one occasion by the crew members (who I would think would know better than any passenger) that anything on the sail and sign card gets put into the pot.  All bar staff gets a certain cut of that pot.  Now i assume here that the jobs may have a different percentage.  But personal tips in cash are individual.  

 

Also i read on here that reviews arent valued by the crew.  I have been asked by crew members to write a review as those things will really aid them on getting a new contract and sometimes a choice of ships.  I wrote one on a young lady that worked for housekeeping in a general area on a journey cruise.  She was so pleasant and I even have a pic with her.  a year later I was on a cruise andran into her.  She knew i was the one that mentioned her because a few weeks later they did her review and her boss showed her all her reviews and she read mine and knew who wrote it.  She was promoted for her next contract.  A number of passengers on the boat will complain at the drop of a hat but less will take the time to praise.  I remember the old days when they use to pass out review cards and you could just fill them out and drop them in a box.  Now it is all online but i always make sure i have the name and the job title of each crewdog that made it a better cruise. 

 

So yes cash is still king but words still have power.

 

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I have read all the comments on this thread, but I am a little confused about something.  For those of you that tip extra for better service, is it better to do that with straight cash or on the S&S card?  If you tip cash, do you just hand it to them?  I have noticed many times the bartender hands me the slip to sign and then walks away either to help someone else or otherwise.

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We always use cash, and most of the time it goes to the pocket. I honestly believe it is for them because of the service after. They see us and know what we want and have a generous pour.

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13 hours ago, dlphn501 said:

I have read all the comments on this thread, but I am a little confused about something.  For those of you that tip extra for better service, is it better to do that with straight cash or on the S&S card?  If you tip cash, do you just hand it to them?  I have noticed many times the bartender hands me the slip to sign and then walks away either to help someone else or otherwise.

It depends on the bartender.  Example on RCCL, we went to a bar where we bonded with a beautiful Argentinian girl named Yasna.  She made us some killer drinks and told us stories of what happens between crew members during after hours.  We gave her a cash tip with every order and I gave her a bigger tip on the last night.  None of the tips were on the card. 

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9 minutes ago, Erik101 said:

It depends on the bartender.  Example on RCCL, we went to a bar where we bonded with a beautiful Argentinian girl named Yasna.  She made us some killer drinks and told us stories of what happens between crew members during after hours.  We gave her a cash tip with every order and I gave her a bigger tip on the last night.  None of the tips were on the card. 

Hopefully, Yasna’s crew mates won’t be reading this and forming the impression she may be spreading gossip about the way they live.

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3 minutes ago, d9704011 said:

Hopefully, Yasna’s crew mates won’t be reading this and forming the impression she may be spreading gossip about the way they live.

I doubt it!  This was 7 years ago and I doubt she and the majority of her coworkers are still employed on the same ship.  

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On 5/29/2019 at 9:31 AM, dlphn501 said:

I have read all the comments on this thread, but I am a little confused about something.  For those of you that tip extra for better service, is it better to do that with straight cash or on the S&S card?  If you tip cash, do you just hand it to them?  I have noticed many times the bartender hands me the slip to sign and then walks away either to help someone else or otherwise.

 

Cash.  I give it when signing my receipt.   Their choice to share. Amazing how fast my name is learned. 

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