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Do I have to tip?
Tipping policies vary among the cruise lines. A few cruises sail under a no-tipping policy. Other lines have a no-tipping-required policy and will only provide envelopes if asked.
The vast majority of cruise lines do allow tipping. You should allow for tipping when budgeting for your cruise. If service is not meeting your expectations, speak up early in the cruise. You'll probably want to extend a gratuity to some of the people who have made your trip special. Many lines now add a 15 percent charge to all bar service bills. Unless the bar staff has treated you extremely well, there is no need to tip them further.
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Whom do I tip, how much, and when?
Most lines will offer you some guidelines about tipping. Common recommendations are U.S. $2.50 to U.S. $3.00 per person per day for your room steward and dining room waiter, and half that amount for your busboy. Other personnel can be tipped for special services at your own discretion.
Tips are normally given on the last evening. On longer cruises, the gratuities are given throughout the cruise (about every 10-12 days). Tips for beauty treatments and special services are extended at the time of service.
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|| FOOD ||
|| PAYING FOR THINGS ||
|| ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT ||
|| CHILDREN ||
|| PORTS OF CALL ||
|| SECURITY AND MEDICAL ||
|| TIPPING ||
|| CRUISE BOOK RESOURCES ||
|| INTRODUCTION ||