The first thing i always do when i embark the ship is to tell the purser i do not wish tips to come off my stateroom.you sign a form . then you tip who you think should have them.
You are well-organised STONELAKE. On a cruise on the Cunarder 'Queen Victoria' to the Canaries in April we gave handsome tips to the Cabin and Restuarant Staff only to be charged £120 gratuaties on our onboard account,because we didn't sign the form at the Purser's office on boarding. We shall remember 'the drill' for sure on the next cruise! DELBRAY, MACCLESFIELD.
Exactly. I do the same.
You can prepay gratuities with Celebrity know or opt to deal with once you arrive on board. You are given envelopes to hand out to the staff stateroom attendant/assistant; waiter/assistant and head waiter on the last night if you have prepaid either at the booking stage or adeded them to your stateroom account you will still get the envelopes with a printed card saying you have prepaid but the staff will know if you have opted for payment this way and finally you can put money in them. If you have prepaid by either option but still think someone has been over and above great to you, then you can still put in cash with the prepaid cards. They then get a little bonus they weren't expecting !!
As clear as mud! If you don't want to pay the suggested amounts, contact the purser's office well before the last day and ask not to have the service charge added to your final bill. Then tip as you prefer. Envelopes will be in your cabin on the last day.
As per Celebrity website:
How much do I pay in gratuities?
It is customary to offer gratuities to staff members you feel have given you exceptional service and personal attention. Celebrity suggests the following guidelines for all guests:
• Waiter: $3.50 per day
• Assistant Waiter: $2.00 per day
• Butler (suites only): $3.50 per day
• Assistant Maitre'd: $1.00 per day
• Stateroom Service: $3.50 per day
• Stateroom Service (ConciergeClass): $4.00
• Assistant Chief Housekeeper: $0.50 per day
So you either prepay these ammounts - equates to $11pp pd - , you have them added to your seapass and pay on board, or you physically put cash to this value in the envelopes. 15% is automatically added to your drinks bills - no need to leave extra.
Cannot speak re Celebrity but certainly on Princess Lines you are able to "opt out" of the automatic daily amount added to your bill. You must do this as soon as possible. We divided the amount that would have been added to our bill between the members of crew who had been most helpful to us and had given us outstanding service during our cruise.
They are not stopped automatically but believe me you get told often enough by staff just what they expect and at the voyage end you get envolopes in your cabin to me it got annoying that you were being hinted at all the time. what reaaly annoyed me was that on the millenium the maitredhore sent an envolpope back to company on our table saying it was not enough.
If the maitre 'd sent my tip back saying it was not enough, I would report him to the Purser. Bl**dy cheek!
I think the Celebrity system is excellent. A few days before the end of your cruise you are given a form which you can fill in and drop off at Guest Relations. It offers the opportunity of automatically having the recommended tips added to your bill so it is charged to your credit card (same as other costs on board). This is so much easier and less "embarrasing" than handing out cash to people and you don't have to worry about having the right dollars! Alternatively, you also receive little envelopes which you can use instead of the recommended daily amounts added to your bill, or you can use the envelopes to give a little more to people who have been particularly helpful.
I don't think you should ever "pre-pay" tips before a cruise! Crazy idea!