Tipping. It can be one of the most awkward and tricky aspects of cruising. With services like autogratuities (which are automatically added to your onboard tab at the end of each sailing) and the ability to prepay, it’s becoming easier and more mechanical. But, what if you feel like your cabin steward or dining room waiter deserves a bit more (or a bit less) than what’s recommended? We answer that question and more during Cruise Critic’s first-ever Tipping Week. As part of the gratuity gala, we wanted to know how you take care of your onboard tip tab….
What we asked: How do you handle tipping onboard?
What they said: About 50 percent of voters said they just leave their tip charges on their onboard accounts. Another 31 percent said they prefer to prepay. Meanwhile, 17 percent would rather just leave cash. The remaining 2-ish percent said they don’t tip at all.
What it all means: First, we’d like to take this opportunity to scold the nontippers. Unless you’re sailing with a line that builds grats into its fares, there’s no reason at all why you shouldn’t leave some kind of reward for those who kept you fed and supplied you with enough toilet paper and shampoo to last through a nuclear winter. As for the rest of you, well done. It doesn’t matter how you choose to settle up, just as long as you do it.
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