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Who exactly do you tip?

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by pal, May 20, 2004.

  1. pal

    pal Guest

    My travel agent said to put aside $117 for tips approximately. Please tell me exactly who to tip? This is my first cruise, and I don't know who all the players are!

    I do understand that the bartenders have their tip included in the price of the drink right?
  2. Natalia

    Natalia Guest

    This is from the back of the RCI brochure:

    Here are the standard guidelines for tipping

    Dining room waiter $3.50 per day, per person =$24.50
    State room attendant $3.50 per day, per person = $24.50
    Assistant waiter $2.00 per person, per day = $14.00
    Total per person for the week =$63.00

    So if there are 2 of you, the total would be $126 approximately... you can always tip more or less (a little extra is always appreciated, of course, for extraordinary service) depending on the level of service you feel you receive. These tips can be handed out directly, or put on your shipboard account, then RCI will distribute them accordingly. Bar tabs always have an automatic 15% gratuity added. Its customary to tip a few dollars for room service, baggage porters, and the like. Occasionally the head waiter will do something for you, a tip is appropriate in that case.

    Enjoy your first cruise!
  3. Rubysky

    Rubysky Guest

    =yeah Also, don't forget tour guides - $1.00 or so per person and baggage handlers $1.00 per bag.
  4. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    Tour guides... didn't think of that! So, in Catalina, when we go on the semi-submersible ride, we tip???
  5. Natalia

    Natalia Guest

    Yeah, its a nice gesture. I always do it, but forget to suggest it on here.
  6. sailingrose

    sailingrose Guest

    I sometimes also tip the bartender's extra if they give me extra special service.
  7. beanierose

    beanierose Guest

  8. lizardstew

    lizardstew Guest

    Also...don't forget the room service attendant! :)
  9. Gayle V

    Gayle V Guest

    Very nifty little tool there, Beanierose. Thanks for sharing that site address.
  10. shmthaus

    shmthaus Guest

    If you want really good service, you could pretip your room steward. We have read suggestions of using prepaid phone cards as a pretip. We tried it on our CCL Celebration cruise and hardly saw our room steward.

    Hope it works better for RCCL.

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