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Old 02-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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How do servers, assistant servers and host/hostesses get paid????

Hi all!!! How do servers, assistant servers and host/hostesses get paid? Do they receive a salary and the tips? If they get a salary is it like the restaurants in the US a small amt. and the rest made up with tips. Or just the tips? My neice and I were discussing this and neither one of us knew the answer. TIA Tink
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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My husband and I spoke to our server and some of the wait staff in the bars about this last year. They get no salary at all. They are paid on tips. Most of them are from places in the world where the income is even less than that, so they are all very pleased working for DCL. Those who have worked for other lines before DCL all said that DCL was by far the best to their employees.

In the spa, the estheticians are paid tips and commission on product sales. After learning this, we pretty much doubled all our tips.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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My husband and I spoke to our server and some of the wait staff in the bars about this last year. They get no salary at all. They are paid on tips. Most of them are from places in the world where the income is even less than that, so they are all very pleased working for DCL. Those who have worked for other lines before DCL all said that DCL was by far the best to their employees.

In the spa, the estheticians are paid tips and commission on product sales. After learning this, we pretty much doubled all our tips.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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My husband and I spoke to our server and some of the wait staff in the bars about this last year. They get no salary at all. They are paid on tips. Most of them are from places in the world where the income is even less than that, so they are all very pleased working for DCL. Those who have worked for other lines before DCL all said that DCL was by far the best to their employees.

In the spa, the estheticians are paid tips and commission on product sales. After learning this, we pretty much doubled all our tips.
Not quite right. They do have a (small) salary. In the neighborhood of about $50. Most of their livelyhood is from the tips. They also get room (if you call it that) and meals. Costumes are supplied, as well as any cleaning necessary for them. Personal laundry is paid for by the CM.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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Well that will certainly make me think about giving more of a tip. My servers last week on the Magic were fantastic (Martin and Jimson)! I gave them extra but if that is all the salary they get them I will give more next time!
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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Well that will certainly make me think about giving more of a tip. My servers last week on the Magic were fantastic (Martin and Jimson)! I gave them extra but if that is all the salary they get them I will give more next time!
Minnie321, I totally agree. We were on the Dream last week, our server was Constantin and Eka was the assistant. They served us at other meals as well. We could not have had better service I also tipped extra, I just wished I had asked this before my cruise. But I am glad to know for future trips.

Thanks Princess Shmoo, for the added information.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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This may give you a good idea http://www.cruiseshipjob.com/position.htm but it doesn't say how much is not from tips.
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The servers are paid a small amount by the cruise line, but they are also provided meals, living accommodations, and activities. Then the rest is made up in tips. Depending on how nice people are, the Server can get about $2,200 off of tips in a month. Assistant server, about $1,700 and the head server $540
However, the Head Server gets paid the most by the cruise line and then the server then assistant.

As per the living accommodations, think of a small college dorm with an unlimited meal plan.

Based off of where some of the CM come from, their life on the ship is pretty nice.

ETA: Whoops, forgot to multiply by two for the two seatings. and yes, they get 18 gusts per seating depending on table sizes. And mis calculated the head server

So from TIPS they get about 4400(server) , 3400(Assist.) , and 7800(Head)
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How many tables/guests on average does a head server wait on during a dinner seating?
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How many tables/guests on average does a head server wait on during a dinner seating?
Each serving team (server & asst server) has a 4 top, a 6 top, and an 8 top. Maximum persons = 18. That number can vary a little depending if several tables were put together for larger parties, but it's close. Double that number for 2 seatings. Head servers are responsible for 1/3 of the MDR.
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The servers are paid a small amount by the cruise line, but they are also provided meals, living accommodations, and activities. Then the rest is made up in tips. Depending on how nice people are, the Server can get about $2,200 off of tips in a month. Assistant server, about $1,700 and the head server $540

However, the Head Server gets paid the most by the cruise line and then the server then assistant.

As per the living accommodations, think of a small college dorm with an unlimited meal plan.

Based off of where some of the CM come from, their life on the ship is pretty nice.
I think you are way off on the Head Server. Depending upon ship and season, Head Servers an average $1500+++ per week.
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How many tables/guests on average does a head server wait on during a dinner seating?
1/3 of room on Magic/Wonder ships, 1/4 or 1/5 on Fantasy/Dream. 2 seatings per evening.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:37 PM   #13
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Our server on another ship was from Indonesia, and said tips are the bulk of his income, but that the salary he gets is equal to what the average person earns per year in Indonesia. You can't compare U.S. wages. He said he was wealthy by Indonesian standards.
He pointed out that cruise ship jobs are highly prized, and there is a several year wait to get a job on a ship. He had been on the ship 7 years, and planned to work 2 more years and retire at age 30. He said it was a tough choice, being away from his wife for 9 months at a time. They are waiting until he retires to start a family, and neither will every have to work agian.
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I think you are way off on the Head Server. Depending upon ship and season, Head Servers an average $1500+++ per week.
you are right, i only included one seating and one serving team in my estimate.
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Each serving team (server & asst server) has a 4 top, a 6 top, and an 8 top. Maximum persons = 18. That number can vary a little depending if several tables were put together for larger parties, but it's close. Double that number for 2 seatings. Head servers are responsible for 1/3 of the MDR.
That's usually the case, although our server was saying on a recent cruise that because of the sheer number of people wanting early dining, he had something like 24 people instead of the usual 18.
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