Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-30-2013, 02:34 AM   #1
Redbudlover
DIS Veteran
 
Redbudlover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 2,401

Confused about prepaid tips

When I booked our cruise today the CM asked me if I wanted to prepay my tips. I thought that was a great idea and so paid $168 which was $12 per person for 7 days. Now I am reading on the boards about giving tips to everyone - how much, when, etc. What is up with that? Do most people NOT prepay tips on a cruise? this is my first cruise and I don't want to not tip someone who should have been tipped but sure don't want to tip twice!
Redbudlover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 02:36 AM   #2
Ravenne
A queen is never late. Everyone else is simply early.
 
Ravenne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,256

From what I understand, you're going to be paying that tip anyway whether you pre-pay or do it while on the ship. The tips that people are talking about here is in addition to the pre-set tip that you've already paid, for exceptional job well done and also for things like room service.
__________________
"Have a magical day!"
~R
4/1987 - WDW HoJo | 5/2004 - Caribbean Beach | 5/2009 - All-Star Movies | 5/2011 - All-Star Movies | 5/2014 - Land & Sea: AoA, Dream, Port Orleans-Riverside
Ravenne is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-30-2013, 02:39 AM   #3
bats
Enjoying Bahama Mama's
 
bats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kent, England
Posts: 1,376

Quote:
Originally Posted by Redbudlover View Post
When I booked our cruise today the CM asked me if I wanted to prepay my tips. I thought that was a great idea and so paid $168 which was $12 per person for 7 days. Now I am reading on the boards about giving tips to everyone - how much, when, etc. What is up with that? Do most people NOT prepay tips on a cruise? this is my first cruise and I don't want to not tip someone who should have been tipped but sure don't want to tip twice!
Don't panic!! Lots of people pre pay their tips and this is a perfectly acceptable option. On your last evening, you will be given receipt slips for your pre payment, you put these in the envelopes which will also be provided in your room. If you want to adjust the tips up or down for one person, or all, you can do this at Guest Services.

Your pre paid tips cover the 4 staff positions that 'require' tipping .. Stateroom host, Head Server, Server and Asst Server. For room service, we tip them $1 cash per plate normally when they deliver the food.

Enjoy your cruise
__________________
Bats
Quality Inn International Apr 2003 - Magic Mouse Villa on Windsor Palms Apr 2006 - Hong Kong Disney Jan 2007 - Dibb villa & Disney Wonder Sept 2008 - Dibb villa for DBF's 40th Feb 2009 - Dibb villa Sept 2009 - Disneyland Paris Nov 2009 - Disneyland California Apr 2010 - Disney Magic 8 night Western Europe Jul 2010 - SSR Sept 2010 - Maiden Voyage on The Dream Jan 26th 2011 - Disney Magic Med cruise Aug 2011 - OKW Sept 2011 - AKV & Disney Dream Feb 2012 - SSR & Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean Oct 2012 - Disney Magic B2B Med Aug 2013 - Disney Magic Med May 2014 - Disney Magic WBTA & our wedding Sept 2014 Disney Magic 11 night Fjords/Iceland/Orkney Isles Jun 2015
bats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2013, 07:23 AM   #4
mmouse37
Mickey for Me!
Likes surprises
 
mmouse37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Too far from the Magic!!
Posts: 27,347

Above was a good explanation. In addition to the 4 main tipped positions that you just prepaid, you may want to have some cash on hand for porters, excursion vendors, room service, etc.

Also, all alcoholic beverages have an auto gratuity already added in....so, if you are by the pool and order a drink there is a tip already factored into the price. You can tip over and above if you want, of course.

MJ
__________________
31 DCL Cruises and Counting!
Disney Magic - 19 times - Official Maiden Voyage July 30, 1998, Re-imagined Magic October 27, 2013
Disney Wonder - 5 times
Disney Dream - 5 times - Official Maiden Voyage January 26, 2011
Disney Fantasy - 2 times

mmouse37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 02:06 AM   #5
tmgdownunder
Earning My Ears
 
tmgdownunder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 43

I saw a table on the mousesaver website that indicates a total of $84per person tip for a 7 night cruise. Do they charge the same rate for children?

If this is the case, 2a+3kids = $420.00.

Can you guys confirm this please?
tmgdownunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 02:31 AM   #6
squirrel
DIS Veteran
 
squirrel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Chilliwack, BC, Canada
Posts: 10,480

Quote:
Originally Posted by tmgdownunder View Post
I saw a table on the mousesaver website that indicates a total of $84per person tip for a 7 night cruise. Do they charge the same rate for children?

If this is the case, 2a+3kids = $420.00.

Can you guys confirm this please?
Yes, the prices are per person (that includes children and babies).
__________________
All Star Movies September 1999
PO + DCL November+December 2000
DLR (BWPPI) September 2007
WDW (Pop) Sept. 5-19 2008 Free Dining
WDW (Pop) Oct. 1-15 2009 Free Dining
WDW (Pop) Sept. 30-Oct. 14 2010 Free Dining
WDW (Pop-BC) Sept. 29-Oct. 13 2011 Free Dining
Wonder and DLR (BWPPI) Sept. 10-20 2012
Wonder and DLR (DI&S) Sept. 9-21 2013
squirrel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
TamaraH
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 129

Quote:
Originally Posted by bats View Post
Don't panic!! Lots of people pre pay their tips and this is a perfectly acceptable option. On your last evening, you will be given receipt slips for your pre payment, you put these in the envelopes which will also be provided in your room. If you want to adjust the tips up or down for one person, or all, you can do this at Guest Services.

Your pre paid tips cover the 4 staff positions that 'require' tipping .. Stateroom host, Head Server, Server and Asst Server. For room service, we tip them $1 cash per plate normally when they deliver the food.

Enjoy your cruise
Okay so it's been a looong time since I have traveled (and even that has not been much) so please forgive my naivety on the subject. This is our first cruise ever, we have 2 adults and 2 kids in our party, and it's a 7 night itinerary. So outside of the 4 positions/$12 pp per night what other cash tips should I plan for?

$1/plate - room service (thank you for that info)

What about DCL transfers...do you tip that driver? And how much?
Someone had mentioned porters...which porters? If we check our own baggage at the airport what other porters - the porters on the ship, I'm assuming? What is the average tip/bag? Anything else?

Thanks so much!!
__________________
Tamara
_______________________________________________
Me DH DD(9)DD(7)
Disney Fantasy October 2013 - Eastern Caribbean

TamaraH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
LWQuestie
I'm the Rocketeer!
 
LWQuestie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,053

I think the general rules is $1 per bag for anyone who touches your bags (with the exception of the inside airline agents at check-in). Red cap/sky cap at the airport, porters at the port, etc. Basically anyone who handles your bags so you don't have to do it yourself.
__________________


LWQuestie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 09:37 AM   #9
GatorMomInNC
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,417

Quote:
Originally Posted by TamaraH View Post

Okay so it's been a looong time since I have traveled (and even that has not been much) so please forgive my naivety on the subject. This is our first cruise ever, we have 2 adults and 2 kids in our party, and it's a 7 night itinerary. So outside of the 4 positions/$12 pp per night what other cash tips should I plan for?

$1/plate - room service (thank you for that info)

What about DCL transfers...do you tip that driver? And how much?
Someone had mentioned porters...which porters? If we check our own baggage at the airport what other porters - the porters on the ship, I'm assuming? What is the average tip/bag? Anything else?

Thanks so much!!
When you get to the port there are porters that take and check your bags - think of it like doing curbside checking of your luggage. You get your luggage delivered to your stateroom later that afternoon. When you get off the ship, you can pick up you own luggage to take through customs, or use a porter. What you tip is subjective. I travel without my husband but with 2 small kids and my elderly mother, so I need a lot of help with disembarkation and usually tip 4-5 per bag. Not so much just checking in.
GatorMomInNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 09:42 AM   #10
ppruett1
Earning My Ears
 
ppruett1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Posts: 11

Thanks for starting this thread and thanks to everyone who answered. First cruise coming up in November and I had no idea!
ppruett1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 09:43 AM   #11
TamaraH
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 129

Quote:
Originally Posted by GatorMomInNC View Post

When you get to the port there are porters that take and check your bags - think of it like doing curbside checking of your luggage. You get your luggage delivered to your stateroom later that afternoon. When you get off the ship, you can pick up you own luggage to take through customs, or use a porter. What you tip is subjective. I travel without my husband but with 2 small kids and my elderly mother, so I need a lot of help with disembarkation and usually tip 4-5 per bag. Not so much just checking in.
Okay thank you that helps. So we have porters not on and off the ship. What about the DCL transfer drivers? Do they generally receive tips as well? Anyone else onboard the ship outside of room service and of course in the spa for any services. Do you tip at BBB?
__________________
Tamara
_______________________________________________
Me DH DD(9)DD(7)
Disney Fantasy October 2013 - Eastern Caribbean

TamaraH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #12
lanejudy
Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 5,212
DISboards Moderator

Quote:
Originally Posted by TamaraH View Post
Okay thank you that helps. So we have porters not on and off the ship. What about the DCL transfer drivers? Do they generally receive tips as well? Anyone else onboard the ship outside of room service and of course in the spa for any services. Do you tip at BBB?
As someone else mentioned, a good rule of thumb is anyone who touches your bag(s) should be tipped -- generally $1-2 per bag. This might be bus drivers, shuttle drivers, skycaps at the airport, porters at the port (both pre-and post-cruise). If they simply drive the bus with no luggage assistance (because it went directly), I don't tip, but if they have to put a folded stroller or other carry-on items under the bus then I tip.

Spa services include a tip, you may add more if you so choose. Alcoholic beverages will include a tip, you may add more. Palo and Remy include a tip but most people add more. Room service does NOT include a tip so it's appropriate to tip for room service. I haven't done BBB but assume it should be tipped like a hair dresser, though look at your receipt to see if the gratuity has automatically been included like the spa and bars. Another tip to consider is for your excursion leader.

Enjoy your cruise!
lanejudy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #13
TamaraH
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 129

Quote:
Originally Posted by lanejudy View Post

As someone else mentioned, a good rule of thumb is anyone who touches your bag(s) should be tipped -- generally $1-2 per bag. This might be bus drivers, shuttle drivers, skycaps at the airport, porters at the port (both pre-and post-cruise). If they simply drive the bus with no luggage assistance (because it went directly), I don't tip, but if they have to put a folded stroller or other carry-on items under the bus then I tip.

Spa services include a tip, you may add more if you so choose. Alcoholic beverages will include a tip, you may add more. Palo and Remy include a tip but most people add more. Room service does NOT include a tip so it's appropriate to tip for room service. I haven't done BBB but assume it should be tipped like a hair dresser, though look at your receipt to see if the gratuity has automatically been included like the spa and bars. Another tip to consider is for your excursion leader.

Enjoy your cruise!
Great. Thanks!
__________________
Tamara
_______________________________________________
Me DH DD(9)DD(7)
Disney Fantasy October 2013 - Eastern Caribbean

TamaraH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 10:47 AM   #14
MagicMe
DIS Veteran
 
MagicMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Outside Philly, PA
Posts: 4,201

If you are taking DCL transfers you will not ordinarily be handling your luggage so there would be no porters to tip (you never see these people).

Everyone else has covered pretty much everything else.

On excursions, if it is a tour type excursion, I will tip the bus driver and the tour guide (if there is a separate guide from the driver). If it's just a bus/transportation to take you from the ship to a place (with no stops or anything in between) then I don't tip (unless they help with added things like strollers/wheelchairs, etc).

And yes, note that the bill you receive when ordering alcoholic beverages already has a tip attached so unless you have an exceptional waiter/bartender then you don't need to tip extra. If I have frequented a certain bar with mostly the same bartender (a good measure is if I walk into that bar and the bartender already knows my favorite drink!!), then I often give that bartender a cash tip towards the end of the cruise. I had a friend who loved to lay out at the adult pool area and the waiter knew her likes and dislikes and always took care of her (beverage wise).
__________________
Melodie
Disney Dream/AKL - JUL14; Disney Fantasy - SEP12; Disney Dream/OKW - OCT11; Disney Wonder - Alaska AUG11; Disney Magic WBTA - Sep10; Disney Magic - Sep08; WL - Dec07-MVMCP; OKW - Oct/Nov06-MNSSHP; Disney Wonder - Aug06; OKW - Sept05; Disneyland - Jun04; Offsite - Dec03-MVMCP; Poly - Aug02; POR/Wonder - Aug00; POR - Jul99; And many more...


MagicMe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2013, 10:53 AM   #15
TamaraH
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Posts: 129

Quote:
Originally Posted by MagicMe View Post
If you are taking DCL transfers you will not ordinarily be handling your luggage so there would be no porters to tip (you never see these people).

Everyone else has covered pretty much everything else.

On excursions, if it is a tour type excursion, I will tip the bus driver and the tour guide (if there is a separate guide from the driver). If it's just a bus/transportation to take you from the ship to a place (with no stops or anything in between) then I don't tip (unless they help with added things like strollers/wheelchairs, etc).

And yes, note that the bill you receive when ordering alcoholic beverages already has a tip attached so unless you have an exceptional waiter/bartender then you don't need to tip extra. If I have frequented a certain bar with mostly the same bartender (a good measure is if I walk into that bar and the bartender already knows my favorite drink!!), then I often give that bartender a cash tip towards the end of the cruise. I had a friend who loved to lay out at the adult pool area and the waiter knew her likes and dislikes and always took care of her (beverage wise).
Ohhhh, okay that makes sense about the DCL transfers. I didn't think about the porter thing for that - duh. One of the reasons to use the transfers is the luggage aspect. Thanks!
__________________
Tamara
_______________________________________________
Me DH DD(9)DD(7)
Disney Fantasy October 2013 - Eastern Caribbean

TamaraH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:56 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: