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Old 01-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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New to Disney, I'm wondering about tipping.

When i sail HAL or Carnival, i usually remove the auto tips, and tip the people that served ME.

I love doing this, as it makes me feel good to know i'm personally tipping the best.

What are Disney's ways.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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When i sail HAL or Carnival, i usually remove the auto tips, and tip the people that served ME.

I love doing this, as it makes me feel good to know i'm personally tipping the best.

What are Disney's ways.

thanks debbie
Disney will auto-charge your tips on your onboard account. You can go to Guest Services at any time and remove them.

DCL's auto-charge is for tips, not the "hotel service charge" as on HAL. BTW, a little off topic, you are aware on HAL, if you remove the hotel service charge, anyone receiving cash tips from you must turn them in? Then HAL will see if you removed your service charge, and the tips must go into the service charge pool to be divided as usual. And they get questioned as to why you removed the service charge (like they did something wrong). If you leave the service charge in place, any additional tips you give they get to keep.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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Thank you so much. I would HOPE that what i was passing out hand to hand could be kept. Thats just nuts to have the staff turn it in.

grrrr Debbie
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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on DCL, auto tips are the norm, but you can remove them. You will still get envelopes to hand in to the staff where you typically put in the voucher stating you auto tipped and any more if you wish.

You can adjust the auto tips up and down or even remove them however.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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On DCL the auto tips go to the CM's directly.........no pool here,except maybe the bars, there I dont know.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #6
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On DCL, the auto-tips go to 4 positions who are directly assigned to you: your stateroom host and your dining service team (server, assistant server, head server). As stated, you can adjust the amount up or down or remove the auto-tips and do all cash. I'm not sure if other tips - like for drinks or room service - might go to a shared pool that is divided or if it stays with the individual. Some positions are not allowed to accept cash tips, or if they are allowed to accept it they must pool it for the whole team. Non-monetary items given to such CMs can be kept (phone cards, etc.).

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #7
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Are the tips included In the paid on full amount or us it an additional charge once you get onboard?
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:51 PM   #8
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Are the tips included In the paid on full amount or us it an additional charge once you get onboard?
Uness you paid Pre-paid tips, they are extra. They will be charged to your onboard account when you board. They are not actually paid out until the end of the cruise, giving you time to adjust/remove them as you wish.
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Uness you paid Pre-paid tips, they are extra. They will be charged to your onboard account when you board. They are not actually paid out until the end of the cruise, giving you time to adjust/remove them as you wish.
Does anyone even remove or downgrade the tip charges? This is our first trip and all I've ever read is about excellent service. Then I saw in one thread that people thought their head servers were 'creepy' and such, so I wondered if they still paid full or made changes. And if you pre-pay, can you still make changes?
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #10
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Does anyone even remove or downgrade the tip charges? This is our first trip and all I've ever read is about excellent service. Then I saw in one thread that people thought their head servers were 'creepy' and such, so I wondered if they still paid full or made changes. And if you pre-pay, can you still make changes?
We have never had cause to decrease the tip amounts. In fact, we have always added at least a little bit of cash to the envelope. We have had some head servers that were quite visible and others that we never saw. Our feeling is that if the dining room is running well then the head servers deserve the $1 per day per person tip (suggested amount). If we make a more personal connection with our head server we add some cash to the envelope.

If you feel that any of your team (servers/stateroom host) do not deserve the full amount of the suggested tips then you can definitely adjust accordingly. Personally, we have taken more than 10 DCL cruises and have never had that experience.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:15 PM   #11
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Does anyone even remove or downgrade the tip charges? This is our first trip and all I've ever read is about excellent service. Then I saw in one thread that people thought their head servers were 'creepy' and such, so I wondered if they still paid full or made changes. And if you pre-pay, can you still make changes?
Yes, unfortunately, there are those who remove their tips. The attitude of "why can't cruiselines pay a living wage, instead of the crew members relying on tips for their income?" is usually the driving motive there.

On DCL, the tips are added to your onboard account as a convience. You can go to Guest Services once onboard to remove/adjust your tips at any time. Or, if you asking about adding more, you can just add cash to the tip envelope you receive at the end of the cruise along with the voucher you receive.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:47 PM   #12
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Does anyone even remove or downgrade the tip charges? This is our first trip and all I've ever read is about excellent service. Then I saw in one thread that people thought their head servers were 'creepy' and such, so I wondered if they still paid full or made changes. And if you pre-pay, can you still make changes?
In our 7 cruises we have only done it one time. We switched the tip between the server and the assistant server. To us it was warranted.
Every other time we have always overtipped.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #13
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Not only excellent service but the CM's on the ship are the hardest working people I have ever seen in all my travels. Make sure you say hello and get to know them a little. We have always added cash in the end because we did not feel they were getting enough for the services they provide. I also try to keep a little notebook so when I run across someone who is going out of their way to make my day a little nicer I try to write their names down so I can mention them in the comment card. That goes a long way into getting them promoted and having extra time off.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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Does anyone even remove or downgrade the tip charges? This is our first trip and all I've ever read is about excellent service. Then I saw in one thread that people thought their head servers were 'creepy' and such, so I wondered if they still paid full or made changes. And if you pre-pay, can you still make changes?
Unless things have changed recently, there isn't really a way to SPECIFICALLY pre-pay your gratuities. You can figure out how much they are and pay the amount before you cruise, absolutely. But in my experience, when you do that, it's just credited to your stateroom account in a lump sum, not earmarked for tips. Then when you get on board, you can absolutely adjust it as you see fit.

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:03 AM   #15
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Unless things have changed recently, there isn't really a way to SPECIFICALLY pre-pay your gratuities. You can figure out how much they are and pay the amount before you cruise, absolutely. But in my experience, when you do that, it's just credited to your stateroom account in a lump sum, not earmarked for tips. Then when you get on board, you can absolutely adjust it as you see fit.

Somebody else correct me if I'm wrong!
We just got off the Wonder on February. I did the pre paid gratuities. I was a little confused because I didn't see anything when we got into our stateroom about it. I was thinking there would be vouchers with our excursions tickets. I finally asked guest services and they assured me that were paid. The vouchers arrived in my stateroom along with the envelopes on the last day if the evening. I would NEVER cancel our the gratuities unless the service was just AWFUL. If you ate out at breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all those days your tips would be way more. I always wondered about tipping the children's activities staff. They are so good! Also, does anyone add amounts to the drink bill over the 15%? If so, how much more do you add?
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