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Old 03-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #1021
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I think the 2008 Eastbound went to Cartegena as well.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #1022
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I feel better about safety in Cartagena than in parts of Mexico, but I think living near the border skews my impression.

Does anyone remember "Romancing the Stone"...
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:27 PM   #1023
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:03 AM   #1024
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Howdy again! Okay... I hear all this and that about TIPPING. And I've seen some pretty big numbers... and those were just for the 7-night cruises.

For those of you that have done these biggin' 14-nighters, what is the appropriate amount of money to set aside for tipping?

(We're trying to budget everything, and we know it's gonna be a big chunk... so i figured I'd ask you kind people)
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:20 AM   #1025
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$12 per day per person for the "expected" tips (cabin steward, server, assistant server, head server) plus a few dollars here and there for room service, or anyone else you think should be rewarded.

On my families last cruise my family (2 adults, 2 kids) spent about $750 in gratuities, which didn't include anything off the ship such as excursions.

It sounds like a lot but they do take good care of us.



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Howdy again! Okay... I hear all this and that about TIPPING. And I've seen some pretty big numbers... and those were just for the 7-night cruises.

For those of you that have done these biggin' 14-nighters, what is the appropriate amount of money to set aside for tipping?

(We're trying to budget everything, and we know it's gonna be a big chunk... so i figured I'd ask you kind people)
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:56 AM   #1026
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I think the 2008 Eastbound went to Cartegena as well.
I thought so too but couldn't be bothered finding the old threads to see!!

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #1027
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Howdy again! Okay... I hear all this and that about TIPPING. And I've seen some pretty big numbers... and those were just for the 7-night cruises.

For those of you that have done these biggin' 14-nighters, what is the appropriate amount of money to set aside for tipping?

(We're trying to budget everything, and we know it's gonna be a big chunk... so i figured I'd ask you kind people)
Like PP said, the DCL recommendation is $12 per person per day to cover your stateroom host, head server, server, and assistant server. That $12 gets broken down in different amoubts to each of them.

For you and your wife, that's $336 for the WBPC. We have yet to experience service that's anything less than fantastic, so we always end up tipping more; if you want to tip more or less you just go to Guest Services and adjust it to what you want.

Since we'll have our kids with us, ours go up to $672+. That's not counting the $1 bills we bring for porters and room service, plus a few larger bills in case we have really good excursion guides. Any spa and bar tips get charged to our onboard account at time of service.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:36 PM   #1028
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Like PP said, the DCL recommendation is $12 per person per day to cover your stateroom host, head server, server, and assistant server. That $12 gets broken down in different amoubts to each of them.

For you and your wife, that's $336 for the WBPC. We have yet to experience service that's anything less than fantastic, so we always end up tipping more; if you want to tip more or less you just go to Guest Services and adjust it to what you want.

Since we'll have our kids with us, ours go up to $672+. That's not counting the $1 bills we bring for porters and room service, plus a few larger bills in case we have really good excursion guides. Any spa and bar tips get charged to our onboard account at time of service.
Is it recommended to have all these gratuities in cash? or is it chargable?
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:41 PM   #1029
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Most common method is for them to go on your shipboard account.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:45 PM   #1030
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Howdy again! Okay... I hear all this and that about TIPPING. And I've seen some pretty big numbers... and those were just for the 7-night cruises.

For those of you that have done these biggin' 14-nighters, what is the appropriate amount of money to set aside for tipping?

(We're trying to budget everything, and we know it's gonna be a big chunk... so i figured I'd ask you kind people)
Here is a handy tip calculator.

http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #1031
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Is it recommended to have all these gratuities in cash? or is it chargable?
We bring cash for room service, porters, and excursion guides. Everything else gets charged to the KTTW.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:44 AM   #1032
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Here is a handy tip calculator.

http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/
I've used this for every cruise!
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #1033
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Here is a handy tip calculator.

http://cruisetip.tpkeller.com/
Thank you. That IS very helpful.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #1034
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We bring cash for room service, porters, and excursion guides. Everything else gets charged to the KTTW.
Silly question, but why do you bring cash for room service when you can charge it? Is it a convenience thing for you or do they prefer getting cash?

We used to bring a bunch of singles, but we stopped once we learned we chould just charge it to the room. I think my son was 9 when he learned how to tip and sign for room service!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #1035
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Either way works fine. I find it easier to just have a bunch of singles handy.
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