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Old 03-27-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Tipping at Palo Question

Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I've been doing some reading about Palo on several boards and have read different information. One website said the Palo surcharge covers the tip, but you may leave extra and another said the surcharge covers a portion of the tip. If we're paying a $40 surcharge for 2 people - how much of that goes towards the tip and can someone give me a ballpark figure on the cost of the dinner to figure out how much additional tip we need to leave? And to further complicate matters, if you order alcohol at Palo is the 15% gratuity already included like other places on the ship? Thanks!
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Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I've been doing some reading about Palo on several boards and have read different information. One website said the Palo surcharge covers the tip, but you may leave extra and another said the surcharge covers a portion of the tip. If we're paying a $40 surcharge for 2 people - how much of that goes towards the tip and can someone give me a ballpark figure on the cost of the dinner to figure out how much additional tip we need to leave? And to further complicate matters, if you order alcohol at Palo is the 15% gratuity already included like other places on the ship? Thanks!
When we done brunch we left a tip of 5 bucks each, it was only 15 then,it is included but still. the service was amazing. We doner high tea a few years ago and service was at best bad, but also in your face annoying,no tip.
Yes, 15 % was added on.
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Out of the surcharge, $5 is a tip. $4 of that gets split between all the servers working, (so they all make the same base wage for the night), and the remaining $1 goes to the restaurant manager. Any additional tip you leave goes directly to your server.

I would estimate the value of the meal (without drinks) at around $120-$150 for a couple. On land you would tip around $25-$30 for that meal.

Make of that what you will.

Alcohol always gets an auto gratuity added.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:44 PM   #4
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I tipped our Palo server $40 and $50 for the 2 nights we went, he earned it
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #5
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Out of the surcharge, $5 is a tip. $4 of that gets split between all the servers working, (so they all make the same base wage for the night), and the remaining $1 goes to the restaurant manager. Any additional tip you leave goes directly to your server.

I would estimate the value of the meal (without drinks) at around $120-$150 for a couple. On land you would tip around $25-$30 for that meal.

Make of that what you will.

Alcohol always gets an auto gratuity added.
Thank you! That's exactly the info I was trying to find.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Hijacking the thread...

What about a tip at Remy when the surcharge is $75?
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:18 PM   #7
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No one has been able to get a "for sure" answer about Remy. The DCL web site does not say whether the gratuity is included or not (it is automatically added if you do the wine pairing--to the wine part, I mean). One person on the boards reported asking at Remy and being either told directly or implied that the surcharge did not include the tip. Personally, I find that odd, but it would be nice if DCL would give a clear statement on this issue!

In Palo, most people add some additional gratuity...you'll see everything under the sun as the suggested amount. Yes, again, the 15% is automatically added to any bar items.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:31 AM   #8
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Thank you! That's exactly the info I was trying to find.
My pleasure, glad I could help!
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We leave an extra $15 for brunch and $20 for dinner.
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Can you just leave the extra tip on the table?
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Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but I've been doing some reading about Palo on several boards and have read different information. One website said the Palo surcharge covers the tip, but you may leave extra and another said the surcharge covers a portion of the tip. If we're paying a $40 surcharge for 2 people - how much of that goes towards the tip and can someone give me a ballpark figure on the cost of the dinner to figure out how much additional tip we need to leave? And to further complicate matters, if you order alcohol at Palo is the 15% gratuity already included like other places on the ship? Thanks!
The faq on the Disney cruise website says that the tip is included in the service charge. I've done Palo a couple times and typically will still add about 50% of what the service charge is.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:51 AM   #12
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Breakdown of Palo service charge

$20.00 service charge

Of which……..

$15.00 goes back to the ship towards the cost of the food.

$ 1.00 goes to the Palo’s dinning manger

$4.00 is then pooled and split between the Palo’s servers.

Additional gratuities would go directly to your server.

I usually tip an additional $20 -$25.00 per person

We tried to get the breakdown on Remy but no one was willing to give out that information.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:58 AM   #13
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Breakdown of Palo service charge

$20.00 service charge

Of which……..

$15.00 goes back to the ship towards the cost of the food.

$ 1.00 goes to the Palo’s dinning manger

$4.00 is then pooled and split between the Palo’s servers.

Additional gratuities would go directly to your server.

I usually tip an additional $20 -$25.00 per person

We tried to get the breakdown on Remy but no one was willing to give out that information.
without any other more definitive guidelines - I did the above for BOTH Palo and Remy
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:40 AM   #14
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We generally leave an extra $20 per person for Palo dinner or brunch and $10 per person for tea. You will have to give them your card to run the service charge and you can add the additional gratuity right to that when you are signing it.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:18 PM   #15
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What about gratuities?
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It is customary to give gratuities in recognition of service, which you will most likely be treated to in abundance aboard the ship. As a guideline, we suggest the following


http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/fa...es/gratuities/

Palo - Gratuity included

Per Guest per cruise 3-Night 4-Night 7-Night
Dining Room Server $12.00 $16.00 $28.00
Dining Room Asst. Server $9.00 $12.00 $21.00
Dining Room Head Server $3.00 $4.00 $7.00


I know that Palo is labor intensive, but...

The regular three servers get combined $8.00 per day in gratuities. For this, they serve dinner and also work at breakfast and lunch.

A Palo server gets $20 or more per meal?!
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