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morgan - Answered a Question by Thomas (20 Oct 07 12:42)

Hi,i think you will find that it has increased slightly to $10.50 pppd, we actually tend to opt out of this, & tip ourselves at the end of the cruise, but it is entirely up to each passenger, you are treated exactly the same.we are boarding Sea Princess in 3 weeks, & CANT WAIT. happy sailin.

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Ross - Answered a Question by Thomas (19 Oct 07 09:23)

Gratuity Princess adds $10 per day to each adult's onboard account (half of that for children under 12) as a pre-paid gratuity. Envelopes are available at the Purser's Desk for those wishing to reward individuals and most guests choose to give cash to their attentive room stewards. An automatic 15 percent is added to bar and spa bills. Although not required, it is recommended that gratuities be offered for room service, usually just a dollar or two.

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Thomas - Answered a Question by Thomas (19 Oct 07 11:43)

Many thanks to Ross. First time cruisers. Thus answers to the new uncertainties are much appreciated. Ralph.

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Ross - Answered a Question by Thomas (19 Oct 07 18:53)

If you want info then suggest the best place to start is over on cruise critic. Click on boards and then on the link for Princess. Enjo.

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Dawber - Answered a Question by Thomas (19 Oct 07 21:31)

I have just come back from a seven day cruise on the sea princess and have to say that the level of service is well worth the 10 dollars a day each. The room service and dinning staff are very helpful and polite and I believe you would possible end up paying out more if it was done individually for each service you used.

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MACPHERSON - Answered a Question by Thomas (19 Oct 07 22:01)

Having cruised on a variety of ships I found the $10 a day charged to my account on sea Princess a much easier way to reward good service....and it is shared out to those behind the scenes who work so very hard both in the kitchens and self service areas. You can if you so wish reward just the ones you choose to on your last night.

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tedesco - Answered a Question by Thomas (20 Oct 07 06:18)

We were on the Sea Princess this year. There were 5 of us. They added $10 per person regardless of age. Should you wish, you can remove all gratuities as give the amount of cash to wish to anyone who deserves it.

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rennie - Answered a Question by Thomas (20 Oct 07 07:24)

I have written the following email to Princess for your information: Dear Sirs, Thank you for the card. We are on the Sea Princess from Montego Bay on 17/11 and want to opt out of the $10 a day surcharge, which is what we consider it to be, disguised as 'tips'. Tips are by nature and definition an optional extra based on service above expectations. As we don't know if this is going to be the case yet, how can we allocate an amount and also we don't know yet who we want to give the tip to, as we like to make this a personal matter. Therefore, please would you ensure this opt out is arranged in advance and my credit card or bill DO NOT include this for wife, Ann and me. Rest assured that if we do receive outstanding service, then we will be very generous in our true tipping! Many Thanks Let's hope they learn from the number of requests - this is culturally wrong in my view and a way of not paying their staff the correct rate, whilst increasing the headline price of the cruise in a sneaky way!!! I won't be blackmailed or hoodwinked - sorry Princess!

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Straw - Answered a Question by Thomas (20 Oct 07 09:24)

We were on board Sea Princess this year, our first cruise so didn't know what the score was. The staff work extremely hard and are very attentive and friendly. We removed our automatic tipping as recommended by other passengers who had cruised many times before and tipped the staff that we had come to know. Afterwards we found out that by removing the tipping the people we did tip suffered and that they will have been made to put the money we gave to them back into the 'pot' to be shared out amongst the other staff. By not contributing to the automatic tipping their wages suffer. We were also told that the cabin steward is told straight away that the tipping has been removed. Don't know if this is correct or not so I would be interested in any other comments from other passengers. Whilst I don't agree that the tips go toward making their wages up we will leave the tipping on next time and maybe lower the amount.. we haven't made our mind up yet. I do know this though we were looked after very well and nothing was too much trouble and our cabin steward could not be more helpful or friendly so if we have the same service next time we will leave an extra tip for them in our room.

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Warner - Answered a Question by Thomas (20 Oct 07 09:46)

Princess Cruises terms and conditions make it clear that the $10/day is a discretionary charge. You can visit guest relations and elect to have this charge canceled and then pay the individuals that you wish for their service using the supplied envelopes. This does not, of course alter the added service charge for drinks, etc.

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