I'm interested in hearing any experiences with acupuncture on the cruise (not in general). Is there any benefit from one session? Did you provide a tip at the end? What was the purpose of your treatment?
We had acupuncture on the Wonder. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I did three sessions and my husband did three sessions. It alleviated my motion sickness -- actually the pressure point patches that she applied lasted for several days and those alleviated my motion sickness, but I was treated for motion sickness while I was in there with her. The purpose of my treatment was decided after standing outside during fire drill muster for almost an hour. My lower back was hurting and I was thinking that I could not possibly deal with lower back pain the entire cruise - so off to the acupuncturist I went (I'd always wanted to try it and I had the time for it on the cruise so why not, I thought). It honestly worked and when we returned home I started seeing an acupuncturist locally for general aches and pains, allergies, etc. I highly recommend acupuncture now! Yes, we tipped her generously, but I don't remember how much. I would say that from seeing our local acupuncturist that it is worth just one visit. If I'm feeling generally tired or my allergies are bothering me and I see our acupuncturist for a one-off visit I do feel better and more calm overall.
I had it done for hip pain. At that time, auto gratuity wasn't added and I probably tipped $20. There was an upsell for some herbal pills, which I bought. My husband is an acupuncturist and herbalist, so I am very familiar with the medicine.
It was an interesting experience and something to do on a sea day. Having had acupuncture and other similar treatments for about 30 years now, I'd say it was a very mediocre treatment. Of course, that's what the massages are like, too. Recipes and not individual treatments.
The acupuncturist I had did mention several times that most people she sees are coming in for sea sickness treatments. Perhaps she didn't have a lot of experience with treating other things. Although, when I talked to my husband afterward, he said that the treatment sounded like the very basic stuff learned in acupuncture school.