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Totally not expected or needed. Tipping on cruises is traditionally done on the last evening. Nowadays, the cruise line will charge the suggested tips to your account on a daily basis, and distribute them when the cruise is over.
If you feel someone went "over and beyond" and deserves more than what the cruise line recommends, you can tip in cash on the last evening.
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Would you pay a home remodeling contractor before the work is finished?
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Would you pay a home remodeling contractor before the work is finished?
Understood but I think that's a little different. Our contractor wanted a deposit before he started work on our basement.
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Having owned two companies and worked in government services, I cannot help but to attest to the fact that bribes actually work.

I always bribe my steward at the beginning of the cruise, and usually do so often throughout.

Not sure if it works or not, but, I just can attest to the fact that I always get fantastic service.

Bribery is truly the American way.
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Be aware that 1. your steward only gets a portion of any mandatory tip. 2. some cruise lines require employees to turn in all tips so they can be divided by supervision "evenly". By the second third day I know if steward is deserving. Any "additional" tip is given in private mid cruise. None of my business if they turn it in on the last day.
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Have always tipped the steward extra only once did it not make a difference in the service but I believe that this particular steward hated his job all others have truly earned it and were fantastic

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