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If the change machine is "down" in the casino go to the cashiers and ask for change, never had a problem.   If they are closed ask at the Guest Services desk.

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1 hour ago, casofilia said:

@jskinsd

 

Who do you tip at home?   The grocery store bag person?  The person who works at the tire store?  How about the cable installer?  How about the doctor who fixed you up?  The trash collector?  The mail deliverer?  The hostess at your favorite restaurant?  

 

More importantly what about the persons who spend time with your children, 5 + hours a day, for more than half the days in any one year?

You are so right.  I was a single parent.  Was lucky enough to hire live-ins when I was at work.  10 hours a day, five days a week.  I was able to trust and retain 3 nanny's in 12 years because I always paid a little extra in the form of tips.  $20 here and $20 there go a lot further than just saying thank you.  But thank you does help.

And the smile you receive when you do pass on a little extra is there way of saying thank you back.

The crew becomes my family and I am that crazy uncle that always shows up every now and then.✌️

 

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I tip when and because I want to. I don’t ever assume anyone will remember me. There’s no reason to come down on someone who wants to get an idea of when/who/if other people tip! 

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15 minutes ago, casofilia said:

I was actually thinking of their teachers!!

Them too.

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3 hours ago, sprint180 said:

I just tip the room steward extra.

 

 

I do not tip anyone "extra".  I tip them what I think they should be tipped for the service provided, but nothing "extra".

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Always prepay gratuity’s.(DSC)

 

 

I think additional tipping is a personal decision.  I usually bring extra singles, 5’s, 10’s, and some 20’s for tipping.  I usually tip room steward $20 the first day. Bartenders and bar service $1 per drink.   All others as excellent service is received.   Again no right or wrong with additional tipping.

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Your pre-paid tips cover the cabin attendant, waiters, ass't waiters and head waiter.  All bar tabs have tip added to the cost.  If you bought drink packages, tips are added to that.

 

There is really no one else that you're supposed to tip.  You may tip the above people additionally, if you feel the need.  It's not expected or required.

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I forgot that we may tip guides on an excursion, usually around $5 or so.

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Tip your room steward $5 pp per day

 

Carry 100 $1 bills for bar tenders, waiters. 

 

Tip your butler. Tip your concierge.

 

Tip shore ex guides. 

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On 6/27/2019 at 11:44 PM, Blm03 said:

Yes, I’ve prepaid my DSC.  I’m trying to figure out how much to bring to tip on the ship(not in haven). So you tip for child care, steward, and at the bar.  Who else am I forgetting?

 

Other than child care you don't need to tip any of the mentioned persons. Feel free if you want but it is neither expected nor necessary.

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On 6/28/2019 at 5:37 PM, Birdie And Sue said:

 

 

I do not tip anyone "extra".  I tip them what I think they should be tipped for the service provided, but nothing "extra".

Good for you but I was answering the op question. 

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On 6/27/2019 at 10:44 PM, Blm03 said:

Yes, I’ve prepaid my DSC.  I’m trying to figure out how much to bring to tip on the ship(not in haven). So you tip for child care, steward, and at the bar.  Who else am I forgetting?

on top of our DSC we give extra to our cabin steward, depending on how good they are and how long the cruise is. We do tip some at bars but not every time we order a drink. Almost always we tip for a drink if someone brings it to us.  Yes, you do want to tip for child care. But do remember you are not obligated to tip and no one should feel bad if they do not. Oh, sometimes if the service in a restaurant is exceptionally good we will tip extra, but this is rare. 

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Posted (edited)

Always the room steward (Unless they were terrible but I have yet to come across one who wasn't good).. Sometimes the very odd excellent waiter and bar staff. Shore guides depending on the country.

Edited by ighten

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The only person I have ever tipped is the room service waiter.  

I usually bring $50 in singles on a cruise, some for room service and the rest for straw markets or different shops in ports.

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As far as I know, here is who doesn't get your DSC or the tips that get auto-added with perks, so they should be tipped directly IF you use these services/staff:

 

platinum dinners (I guess, didn't realize till that was posted here)

butler

concierge

child care staff (someone said, my kids are grown so I don't know)

casino staff? no idea, but I'd assume they don't share DSC and when I gamble I do always tip dealers when I win

 

If you use the spa services (like massage), an auto-tip is added so you have tipped the spa person.

If you order a drink outside of the UBP an auto-tip is added so you have still tipped bar staff

There's an "extra tip" line for items with auto-tips added, but unless something or someone is really exceptional I do NOT leave an extra tip, 20% is a very fair tip and standard on land as far as I know - that's what I would ordinarily tip at a restaurant or beauty salon or other tipped person. 

 

In a land hotel I'll leave a tip for the person who cleans the room, but on board the DSC covers their tip.  

 

What I'm hearing in this thread is the DSC becoming part of the fare, and there's subtle pressure towards the old envelope system, which I thought the DSC was supposed to do away with -no, not the envelopes in the room, but the CC expectation that it's the NORM to tip over and above.  I've learned to stop being cheap and I have no problem with DSC and tipping folks on the above list who aren't in DSC - quite generously when deserved, minimally when undeserved.  I usually also tip my steward extra for extra-good work.  Our last sailing our stewardess was OUTSTANDING and we tipped her 50 euros (Jade had just arrived in Europe so figured she could use euros) even though she is covered by the DSC.  There's a lot of not-so-unspoken expectations here to tip the steward extra no matter what and I have gone along with that, but not sure if I really should when the service is average.  

 

We tip bar staff intermittently if we ask for a more complicated drink (I always tip for a smoked old fashioned because it is a lot of work) but I don't feel obligated to tip for every drink-after all I've tipped $20/day and there are some days I don't even have 2-3 drinks!  

 

No idea if we are right or wrong - but after paying $1109 in DSC, UBP service charge, SDP service charges for a two week trip, that really does seem like a lot of $$ going to tips already, and I don't feel compelled to hand out even more money to the people who have benefitted by my $1.1k in tips.

 

JMO, not meant to discourage anyone else from handing out 10's and 20's and 1's as they see fit.

 

 

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4 hours ago, erdoran said:

As far as I know, here is who doesn't get your DSC or the tips that get auto-added with perks, so they should be tipped directly IF you use these services/staff:

 

platinum dinners (I guess, didn't realize till that was posted here)

 

I think that the reference to platinum dinners is based on assumptions. We know that a gratuity isn’t added, but it isn’t as if there is a specific set of waitstaff who deal with the platinum meals. As far as I am aware, they may get paid exactly the same for serving us as they would if we bought the meal and had an auto gratuity added to the bill.

 

Its a similar situation with us in the U.K. not getting charged a gratuity on the promo UBP. I’ve never had any indication from any barstaff that they do worse from serving us than they would serving someone from the US who has paid that gratuity. My assumption is that, whilst I don’t actually pay it, the system deals with our purchases the same as if we had.

 

I don’t think anyone knows for sure, so we all just have to do what feels right to us.

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Posted (edited)

We tip any who provide excellent service. We have even tipped the washy washy person ( one was a young man who had a new born we tipped him and asked that he use it to purchase pampers and another because during our entire 28 days on board (b2b) she always had a smile and a kind word for me and my husband. We have even tipped a room steward who was not ours for going out of her way to get us something. Tipping is a personal thing and should be done based on your personal decision not on what other say or suggest you should do.

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