BarkingUnicorn: I'm sure every dime will make it to the servants.
Popcorn Johnny: Are the poop bags still free?
Bathia_Mapes: FTA: Royal Caribbean's move to automatic tipping brings it in line with several other major mass-market cruise operators including Norwegian, Carnival and Celebrity.It's not just Royal Caribbean, submitter.
xanadian: BarkingUnicorn: I'm sure every dime will make it to the servants.I'm more concerned about this than the mandatory "tip."
Via Infinito: Why are people so pissy about tipping these days?
Marcus Aurelius: I wouldn't get on a cruise ship unless you paid me at least $500 a day, minimum, so this seems entirely reasonable to me.
JRoo: "Main Entry: gra·tu·ity Pronunciation: \grə-ˈtü-ə-tē, -ˈtyü-\Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural gra·tu·ities Date: 1540 : something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service"
Gough: Since the recent tipping threads have established that "Mandatory Gratuities" in the US are really service charges, and income to the restaurants, I have to wonder how much of this trickles down to the staff on ships operating under flags of convenience. Especially since the freedom to treat employees like shiat is one of the major benefits of FOCs.
NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Because we'd rather you pay your people a livable wage, and charge us an honest price, and allow us to tip when someone does truly exceptional for us?
Farnn: I don't understand the cruise fascination. The food isn't very good, you don't really get to see the places you go since you only go on a day trip, and the boat amenities are crowded when everyone is on board. If I had a limited budget I'd much rather go to one city, spend a week there staying in an affordable hotel, meet the locals and eat local food. I went on one cruise that was supposed to be a high end cruise in the Mediterranean and the best part of the trip was the 3 days I spent in Barcelona at the end. Everything else about the cruise was sub par, especially the supposedly Le Cordon Bleu inspired "fancy restaurant".
Richard Saunders: I've no problem with this./suck it, bad tippers
MrSteve007: (Moorea - one of the most beautiful places in the world)
chimp_ninja: MrSteve007: (Moorea - one of the most beautiful places in the world)Once does not simply... sail into Moorea.
Dokstarr: They can also fire you if they feel like it and just drop you off at one of the islands. There are very few rights he said on the boat.
madgonad: As long as the required tip is declared prior to booking I have no problem with this. It is just part of the cost - like checking a bag.However, some of the numbers seem a little high. For example - $7/day is going to the waiter, and when I went on a cruise I was only waited on at dinner. So factoring a 20% tip, that suggests that my meal $35. Cruise food is nowhere NEAR that high a quality. And the drinks are priced high enough to ASSUME a built-in gratuity.Now turn that around. A waiter takes care of three 8-person tables. So that is $168/day for a couple hours of work and that is assuming that the cruise line pays them nothing (which is unlikely). I think there is more going on here (cruise line has them doing other things AND charges them room/board AND doesn't pay them a wage).
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