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sparks1093

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    Enosburg Falls, VT
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    CCL, Royal, NCL
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    Aruba

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  1. That's probably true, but they probably wouldn't be in a hurry to give you your money back, either.😉
  2. That strengthens my point that the UK has not abandoned tipping as some like to assert.
  3. I agree that there is no need for an additional tip but the service charge is taking the place of the tip, so you are still tipping and the UK hasn't really left it behind.
  4. A lot of shore based establishments pool tips and the fact is that once you've left the tip you have absolutely no control over what happens to it- it will be distributed as the establishment/staff require. And if you think about it this is really no different if the tips are included in the fare because the good and the bad staff get paid the same (eventually under either system the bad staff will be winnowed out).
  5. Yep. Here's a quote from the website www.visitlondon.com, the first thing that came up when I googled "is tipping normal in the UK": It is customary to leave 10 to 15% of the bill when eating out. However, restaurants often add on a service charge (usually 12.5%), especially if you're in a large group, so it's worth checking your bill if you don't want to tip twice. It's not customary to pay a tip for fast food, self-service or takeaway meals. (I will add that if the service charge is automatically added [which may be what the previous poster meant by "the price is inclusive"] one is still providing a tip, it is just not a voluntary thing at that point.)
  6. But have you really left it behind? From what I've discerned in participating in these threads tipping is still common in many restaurants in the UK but more commonly at a 10% rate.
  7. I'm sure convenience is a big factor to some, I personally wouldn't pay that much more for it if it meant that I would be paying for a lot of stuff that I have no interest in and would therefore receive little value for.
  8. I like the idea of all inclusive but I look at what it includes and if it includes a lot of stuff that I have no interest in then I'm usually going to choose the a la carte option (unless the price is near the same).
  9. It's obvious that everyone analyzes things differently when it comes to cabin type, just as everyone likes sea days or port days more. I know for me personally if I was spending the money for the suite I would need to get my money's worth out of it, which would equate to spending more time in the cabin.
  10. The flight wasn't until October so who knows, we were waiting until we were much closer to the flight dates before even really deciding if we were still going.
  11. It is a pretty state (I may be a bit biased🙂). I've been to many of our states (around 23 I think) and wouldn't mind going to the ones that I've not been to, so maybe we'll do that.
  12. Well, Air France cancelled our Montreal/Paris flight so it looks like we won't be traveling (other than locally) until sometime next year. They will give us vouchers to use before 12/2021.
  13. We'd just take another land based vacation somewhere, either in the US or in Europe.
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