Tipping on top of tipping

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  1. luv2sleep

    luv2sleep DIS Veteran

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    So I guess I don't see the point of tipping for drinks if a 15% gratuity is already added.

    Do paid room service items also have this auto gratuity?
     
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  3. Tinked

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    It has always been suggested on the DISboards to keep some ones in a drawer to tip for room service. You don't always see a bill that you can add onto from room service.

    I also like to bring large chocolate bars to add to my tips for host, server, etc. in addition to extra money. It's amazing how peoples eyes light up when you give them chocolate. I also tip non-tipping positions this way as a thank you when I've gotten to know them.;)
     
  4. soy1

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    Sorry - new cruiser and leaving soon, so this has been bothering me ... I've heard mention before about "non-tipping positions", but don't recall who they were .. can you elaborate? Are there some employees who must refuse cash tips?

    Thx. :flower3:
     
  5. sissy_ib

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    The non-tipped positions would be people like guest services, child care workers, the cruise staff. I know if some one from child care receives a tip they must turn it over and all the tips are pooled so they do things as a group.
     
  6. SoCalSweetie

    SoCalSweetie Earning My Ears

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    Forgive my naiveté, but I am a first time Disney cruiser (only been in one Royal Caribbean cruise many years ago). I am traveling by myself with my 3-year-old son. We'll be joining a large family group. I called ahead to pay gratuities as suggested in my cruise docs and was told it was $84 a person. I've only paid for myself for now, but I am really struggling with the idea of shelling out another $84 for a 3 year old. I figure I'll add cash for him at the end of the cruise based on how it goes. What would be recommended? Maybe half that? It just seems so absurd to pay another $84 for him.
     
  7. NancyIL

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    I would tip $84 for your child, too. Cleaning up after kid messes can be more work for your room steward than cleaning up after another adult. I'm sure your dining room servers will also pay special attention to your child.
     
  8. PrincessShmoo

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    :thumbsup2 This.

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  9. Ptwolfman

    Ptwolfman Mouseketeer from CA

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    Paid room service items don't have an auto gratuity.
    As for bar items, I might tip extra if I was getting superb service but normally 15% auto gratuity is plenty for me.
     
  10. itzkelly

    itzkelly Earning My Ears

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    I'm travelling with my 3 kids, ages 7, 5, and 2 years old, and have already pre-paid the full recommended amount for ALL of us who are in our cabin (5 people, including DH). There is no way I will make a bigger mess than my kids, either in the cabin or at dinner, and therefore would never consider paying LESS gratuities for them. In our cabin, I know their beds will be made just like mine, their towels and toiletries replenished just like mine, and their "things" organized just like mine (actually more, I'd guess, since I'm not bringing a backpack of small toys). I would never insult the CM's by stiffing them on the tips of my children, especially since I know how much effort it is to clean up after them at home is! ;)
     
  11. kcashner

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    Paid room service items absolutely DO have the 15% gratuity added if they are "bar" items (which all that I know of are.) Bar items include boxed candy, sodas, specialty coffees, bottled water, etc. as well as alcoholic beverages.

    All "bar items" have the 15% added, regardless of where they are ordered. The pooled 15% bar tips are divided among all the bar staff workers. Each time you sign a ticket, it is coded as to who served you; if you add any additional to the ticket, the additional amount goes to the person who actually served you. The "bar staff" workers who divide the 15% include the bar servers and the bar tenders.

    Tipped positions on the ship are servers, assistant servers, head servers, concierge, stateroom hosts, and bar workers. All other positions are non-tipped. This includes youth activities counselors, cruise staff, theater performers, characters, tech workers, guest services, etc. These people have different rules as to what they need to do about cash tips, but they don't get to keep them. For youth activities counselors, tips are turned in and used for a department party. For DJs, theater techs, etc. the tips must be turned over to their manager and are donated to a charity.

    As to tipping for children--absolutely yes, regardless of age. I can maybe see people who say a nursing infant doesn't use any dining services, but even there they do take a space at the table. And they certainly generate MORE work for the stateroom host. Little ones eating at the table generate a lot more mess and work for servers than most adults. Unless you have them removed from your account, the standard tips will be added for all persons regardless of age.

    Whether CMs prefer cash or charged tips depends on the CM. They have an onboard banking system where they can easily convert money in their "account" into cash. I've talked to my favorite servers; they uniformly preferred charged tips. However, they were sending most of their money home. One commented that he gets plenty of cash for his limited needs. he also joked that there are 2 kinds of CM--the "young ones" who party and spend money while in port and the "old ones" (which included him) who sleep on their off time. His words, not mine.
     
  12. Ptwolfman

    Ptwolfman Mouseketeer from CA

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    I stand corrected. On the DCL site I couldn't find anything that said candy, popcorn, or the like had the auto gratuity added. That was what I based my reply on. I must have overlooked that information
     
  13. Yokelridesagain

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    You should understand that your servers and room steward are basically not paid except through tips (room and board are included, but beyond that they receive a pittance--something on the order of $50/pay period).

    The servers are assigned a certain number of diners (usu. 18), and children (even infants) are counted in that tally. Likewise, the stewards have a certain number of rooms. If you choose not to "tip", you're really choosing not to pay the hardworking servers and steward a portion of their salary.
     
  14. klass3

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    The tip list includes the 3 servers from dinner and stateroom host. But I'm wondering about the Concierge Lounge Hosts? Is tipping them customary or "included" in the cost of the concierge stateroom? I've heard they are a most valuable service and want to be sure they're recognized. This will be my first cruise.
     
  15. kcashner

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    A bit of history may be helpful. The concierge used to be a non-tipped position. The story is that so many people asked about tipping them that it was changed to a "you decide" position AND their base salary was cut on the assumption that many would tip. DCL is completely silent on this--they give no guidance on how much tip is appropriate or customary. My suggestion would be to base it on how much the concierge actually does for you.
     
  16. maggie blossom

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    We were on the Wonder last week. We wanted to tip extra to our wonderful server and asst server. I asked specifically at guest services if cast members would prefer cash or adding extra to their onbaord account since we could easily do either. Guest services person said it really was individual. Some cast members would prefer it go to their account since they don't carry much cash on them, others carry cash and would like to have the cash. So there was no way of knowing which our people would prefer.
    What is important is that they would get it either way :)
     
  17. luv2sleep

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    So concierge lounge hosts are different from your stateroom hosts? Do you get tip vouchers for them or just put money in an envelope at the end of the cruise?
     
  18. kcashner

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    The stateroom host is the person who cleans the room. The concierge is the person in the lounge who attends to almost your every desire.:goodvibes
     
  19. luv2sleep

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    I figured there had to be more tipping involved with staying at concierge level! ;)
     
  20. SoCalSweetie

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    WOW! I had no idea how tipping worked on cruises. Thank you for the info. I have a whole new perspective. I remember it being a mess at the end of our cruise 6 years ago and being confused by the whole thing. I get it now. I'll go ahead and finish pre-paying for my son too. Then I can put it on my card and know that I've done the right thing ahead of time = less stress to enjoy the cruise and the appropriate thank you to the people who will work so hard to earn it. :cheer2: I just wish we could tip the child care people like the rest. I KNOW I'll be grateful for them.:goodvibes
     
  21. sandrakit

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    You will see once on board the ship how hard the staff works & you will feel good about tipping & you'll want to add a bit more cash to the envelope ! I also bring $1.00 bills with me to add to the drinks we order on deck . I know that 15% is added automatically but I like to give an extra $ 1:00 on my order ! If my service was poor I would only give the required amount but so far the Disney cruising staff are top notch & are well deserving of the required amount & more ....Happy Cruising
     

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