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If you don't like the 15%, travel with P&O, where the price you see is what you pay. No add ons and the dinks prices are cheaper than some cruise lines who add 15%. they also tell you that commision for the waiters is already included in the price and no tips to the wine/bar waiters are necessar.
This might be the case but I do not believe that P&O give value for money. Their standards have dropped so much since the "Merger" that we refuse to use them any more. There are far better standards out there from other cruise lines at equal or better prices.....Neil Dow.
Well you could say it's being fair one rate for all the more your bill adds up to the more service charge you pay.and i think tipping/service charges are a good thing who cares if the waiter,bar man,cabin steward e.t.c bend over backwards and jumps to your requests just because they will get a little something extra for doing so if it makes them happy to make you happy everyones happy.
To my mind all compulsory tipping is wrong! totally wrong! A "tip" implies it is over and above the standard price and payable at the discretion of the customer for a better than standard service. It is used by the cruise liners to disguise the basic price of the cruise and offloads the resposibility to the customer to make up any shortfall in providing fair wages to their hard working employees.(via a guilt trip trap!)
Take a tip from me, write a complaint to your cruise provider and insist on the correct useage of "tipping".
It should not be a standing charge.
Disagree. The whole point of tipping is to reward better than standard good service to those who make the effort.
I think that charging 15% is totally outrageous. The answer is not to drink their wine. Lack of sales will soon make them reconsider.