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Ocean Village tips are include.
Depending on the cruise Line you can choose to have your Gratuities included in the price at the time of booking. Alternatively they can be added to your on-board account whilst on-board or you can choose to pay them to the crew members yourself.
The confusion about cruise tipping is understandable. There are headwaiters, waiters, assistant waiters, cabin stewards and others who may expect gratuities -- or not. Some cruise lines, especially luxury ones, discourage tips. This is something you need to ask your agent when your booking your cruise. The cruiselines that include tips that I'm aware of are Ocean Village, Island, Silversea, Seabourn & Regent. But please bear in mind that tips are not compulsory so even if they're not included you don't have to pay them, or you can just pay the people direct that you think have served you well - like your cabin steward.
Lots of ships now do include trips in the pric.
NCL include tips as an added amount daily & shown on your on-board acoount. This means that the tips at the end of the cruise bear no relation to your overall decision on how much you want to pay. Far better to give to those you think deserve it, at the cruise end. They will be in envelopes, so no one, incl. the recipient knows how much are in them. Celebrity allow you to put your tips onto your onboard credit, but only if you are tipping all that they suggest, which includes such people as the mostly invisible Maitre Ds. All brochures show at the back the suggested amounts, just adjust that to which you feel comfortable in giving.
To the best of my knowledge and I've just come off the Norwegian Dream - NCL is currently the only cruise line that makes gratuities mandatory. That is, they tell you how much will be deducted each day per person and you cannot opt out. You can, of course, vote with your feet and use equally good alternative cruise lines.
With P&O the tips etc are suggested and you leave them for the steward on the last morning, give them to the waiters/wine waiters etc the night before, etc. It's up to you and I prefer that to the system where they take it out of your bill etc. We have had cruises where we wanted to tip our waiters more than the room steward so it is in your hands.
Steve & Wendy Foster.
On Thomson cruises tips are include.
I have found that the Cunard line add tips onto your bill (I think it;s about 10%, not too sure) but P & O leave it to you discretion but recommend that yout tip approx £1.40 per person per day for your steward and about £1.20 per person for table service. You don;t have to but they are always so helpful that you do tip well. sylvia Seeley (regular cruiser - P & 0.
Tips were mandatory on Costa Classica in February this year.