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Cls241

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  1. Sailing the Eurodam soon, interested to see if they're going to keep the $10 charge on the menu. This will be my first sailing with it listed. I did read it was supposed to $10 on Gala Nights only, but seems it's every night. I personally find the appetizers more interesting than the entrees, so at least they're not charging $5 for an extra appetizer (yet).
  2. But not in the USA and it goes back to the basic topic that started this... make sure these people get their tips. It's not based on just service, it's based on the people we don't get to see on the ships. They too live off these tips.
  3. Waiters with Tips make between $1200 and $1800 per month based on Bizfluents info on record. MOST are not US Citizens and/or becoming US Citizens. Tips (combined) it what allows them to make a living at all. That aside, happiness is not based on money alone.
  4. That's not how cruise ships work. Those people behind the scenes do not get "fair wage" they share in the tips. It's a common cruise practice. His ability to "distribute how he wants" is normally Not Cruise Ship Policy and could get him terminated. You're mixing up an "American Restaurant" with a Cruise Ship normally staffed by people from 3rd World Countries and they count on the Tip Sharing Policy to make enough to live. You're basically cheating them out of their pay.
  5. Everyone I have ever talked to said no matter what you tip, it goes back into a pool to share. Been told (can't verify if true) that if they keep the tips and don't share, they could lose their job. Also, consider by tipping ONLY those you see, and by chance, they're keeping those tips, what about all those you don't see, that wash the towels, clean the dishes, keep the ship clean while you sleep, and perform dozens of other services that make your stay enjoyable. Do they deserve less, because they're not visible?
  6. I like to tip up front but have a question... Going on the HAL Eurodam with a Neptune Suite. Since I normally tip the Room Steward $10 or $20 (depending on the room/cruise), should we do the same for the Concierge?
  7. Funny, every time we do a cruise we're so busy I never get to really relax. The cruise we have coming up on the Eurodam on 5/11 was going to be my relaxing cruise. I only booked one 3rd party Whale Watch (Alaska-Again) and a couples massage. The rest was downtime. Seeing the activities I see very little I would want to do... and even though it will be totally different destination it may mean I can sit on the verandah, sip a drink and read a book! 🙂 Thanks again for the shares, it's been wonderful following along!
  8. Wow, this forum really strips everything out of the image... well that did not work out well at all, sorry it looks washed out. Oh well.
  9. Nice boat shot, wanted to clean it up a bit to share, I hope you don't mind. It's lovely!
  10. Thanks for posting and don't worry about others who feel they must "fix" others. It's about themselves and stroking their ego, not about you at all. We appreciate the updates, thank you.
  11. If you have time while in Honolulu you can get around fast and cheap using "The Bus" and it's actually "The Bus" not just a bus.. it's their system. There is also an app you can download that works well to know where to go and where to pick up. When I stay in Oahu I seldom if ever rent a car.
  12. I booked my wife and I dinner at the Tamarind Restaurant on our 3rd night. It looks good based on the photos and listed menu.
  13. I believe he said he WAS in a SS and then they upgraded him to a NS for $99. Thanks for the help on the location possibility. Not that I personally am looking forward to the reception, sounds like cheap sparkling wine that I would not want to dring anyway. I guess we'll go to meet others though.
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