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angela barklow
07-21-2006, 06:07 PM
I have a questions about tipping? I don't have a problem tipping anyone for a great job. And I realize that this is what the people work for.. means they only get about $50.00 dollars a month. But my questions is we have a 2 year old What kind of service do they give for the little ones? At dinner and meals?

07-21-2006, 06:13 PM
Angela, I have never cruise with a little one, but you are expected to tip for everyone at the table,even if they miss some nights.

The servers will go out of their way to entertain, get food out to them before the adult meals go out, you will be surprised at how hard they will work even for the youngest!

07-21-2006, 06:31 PM
yes, I think they work HARDER for the little ones, then the adults! They bring food out early, combine the meals so they try different things, cut up their food in little bites, make mickey mouse heads out of ketchup, wipe up spilled drinks, bring out constant supplies of choclate milk, and even wipe faces covered in ketchup, chocolate and ice cream!

07-21-2006, 06:57 PM
I agree that the servers seem to be busier with little ones at the table than just adults. Last cruise our server made all the boys in his section paper airplanes. Another night he created a rose out of two napkins and then produced one for each of the girls in the section. The ones we have had simply dote on the children & do anything possible for all of you to have a wonderful dining experience. When we had young children and ate out we always tipped more simply because I knew that it took the servers longer to clean up our table...and under the table...because of the kids. ;)

07-21-2006, 07:05 PM
We cruised with a young 4 year old, and the servers gave extra special attention to her. They made a mickey mouse head with her ketchup each night, and even brought her meal during the appetizer each evening.

Well worth their tips, believe me! :thumbsup2

07-21-2006, 07:08 PM
We had the same experience as the others when we cruised with our 2 year old last summer - you'll find that the servers do go the extra mile for your little one (of course we already had her in the habit of eating with us, so it wasn't too hard on her, but the servers were still extra nice to her). YMMV, but I doubt that you'll begrudge them the extra tip by the end of the cruise.

07-21-2006, 07:17 PM
The only problem with the way the servers treat your children on the ship is that it will take a couple weeks for them to stop expecting it after you get off the ship. ;) Of course...I kept waiting for someone to make up the bed & set the table for me when we got home. :)

07-21-2006, 07:29 PM
Unfotunately, on our last cruise our server did nothing special for the children at our table. He was a good server as he knew the menus, food, accomodated special requests,etc. But the kids were bored. Their food came with the adults, which was really hard on them when the adults were eating appetizers and salads (which made their meals take longer.)

But this is not the norm. We saw lots of servers making flowers or doing magic tricks. We tipped our server what was suggested, nothing more. He didn't make any extra effort, so he didn't get any extra tip.

07-21-2006, 08:15 PM
That is a shame for all of you. :( We have only had to tell our server that DS has a date with Snow White in the club tonight...or just that he was going to the club ASAP and they have brought out the meals with our drinks & deserts with the salads/apps. I take DS to the club & come back to find our entrees being served.

07-21-2006, 08:32 PM
We had the same experience as gowhite. There were 3 kids at our table, our DS (2) and a boy (12) and a girl (10), none of them got special attention except the very last night the server did a magic trick for the older two.

07-22-2006, 01:34 AM
The only problem with the way the servers treat your children on the ship is that it will take a couple weeks for them to stop expecting it after you get off the ship. . .

How true!


07-22-2006, 08:55 AM
You are definately expected to tip at least the suggested amount for the two year old, extra for above and beyond service, which is probably what you will get for the child.

07-22-2006, 09:45 AM
Our experience has been that MOST servers go "all out" for the kids. Magic tricks almost every night....making hats out of napkins, doing all they can to keep them entertained. We've seen them go to Pluto's to get a hamburger for a child when none was on the menu (they apologized for taking so long and told us why.)

For a 2 year old, they will go all they can--depends on how the child reacts. If there are special food choices, they will be there (DD had broccoli every night after they found it was her favorite...and "Mickey Bar, no sprinkles, please.") They will tease, play with, entertain....all depending on how the 2 year old responds. AND, they will clean up the mess that the 2 year old leaves on the table and floor.

DD was adressed as "Princess" every night and escorted to our table as if she was a princess.