Posted October 9th, 2006, 03:15 PM
We have always tipped above, but they have all worked very hard. This past trip, we probably tipped 50 percent above but it was a longer cruise and we really got to know them. I feel sorry for the ones who work short cruises -- somehow some people find it easier to not tip or think that their servers haven't done anything for them. On our 11-day cruise, our head server said it could be really hard to connect with all of their tables on the short cruises because the first night, people were trying to change their dining times or in some cases, dining companions so they were really busy with that, on the second night, the guests often tried for Palo, and on the third and last night, the head server finally was able to say hello and many people were upset with that.
I have been told multiple times that Disney's tipping scale is in line with the other cruise lines. Having not been on any other line in my two cruises, I can't speak to that.
I do hope you have great servers and can tip them in a way that you feel really good about, whatever that amount may be.