Does anyone know if the Recommended Gratuity Guideline has been changed or updated? These were the tips suggested for Servers, Asst Servers, Head Servers & Stateroom Host/hostess. Just want to make sure we budget enought
I would suggest that you budget a bit more than the suggested amount. We felt that our server and room host were so great that they deserved a bit more. Then, you will have extra money if you decide not to tip extra.
Although the recommendations have not changed for the server, asst. server, etc., they've added several more lines:
Palo -- Gratuity included
Vista Spa & Salon -- Your Discretion
Babysitting -- Gratuity not expected
Shore Excursions -- Optional; not included in shore excursion price
The really interesting line is that DCL is now saying that for Palo, the gratuity is included. There's been all sorts of discussion on this forum about how much to tip above $10 per per person Dining Option Fee -- with some folks taking the position that none of the Dining Option Fee goes to the Palo service staff.
If we again get the same great service at Palo that we've gotten in the past, I'll add an additional tip -- but I'll start with the understanding that the basic Palo gratuity is covered according to DCL.
I usually give the server and assistant server double the amount recommended if they were good. I figure what the cruise is costing, the least I can do is to make sure someone that has truly earned it gets some.
At Palo I never thought of the dining charge as a tip. Interesting that DCL lists it as included. I've always tipped the Palo server what I would normally have tipped for a meal of that kind. Think about $30 or so for two ....