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#4
Connecticut
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Originally posted by wowzz
Nothing - I've already paid the auto tips.

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On most lines I’ve sailed, room service waiters do not participate in the auto tips (service charge); they have various assignments - in MDR, cafeteria, wherever (where they do get a share) —- but they volunteer for room service duty as an additional function.

So, in those cases, you should have abbreviated your response: “Nothing.”
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#6
Tennessee
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Joined Apr 2014
Usually a couple of dollars for a small order. I've ever placed a large order.
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#7
Texas
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Joined May 2014
I don't know about other lines, but on Carnival room service servers don't get any part of the auto gratuities.

I tip a couple of dollars if I order coffee or snacks for one and double that if ordering for two.

I've never ordered full meals but if they had to maneuver multiple or heavy trays would probably increase the tip.
#8
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Joined May 2001
$1-5, depending on how much they have to carry! Most lines are now charging a fee, which does include a tip....but the folks who deliver are kitchen staff, and not really part of the other tips you pay....so a small tip is a lovely token for their trouble.
#9
South Carolina
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Joined Dec 2001
Originally posted by mom says
Anywhere from $2-5 depending on whether it's snacks or full meals.
Same as above for us!
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#11
Delaware
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Joined Sep 2002
Originally posted by mom says
Anywhere from $2-5 depending on whether it's snacks or full meals.
Yes, same for us also.
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#12
Pennsylvania
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Joined Jul 2010
I generally tip $2 but if the person delivering normally works in the MDR or cafeteria they're very much part of the gratuities pool.
The daily gratuities are allocated to a number of people in addition to the room steward and the waiters.
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#13
Southlake, Texas
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Joined Sep 2004
The daily fee when cruise lines implemented it, was to pay all the employees we didn’t see in addition to people like cabin stewards and dining room waiters. Why would/are room service delivery workers excluded from this collective payment?
#14
Pepsicola FL
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Joined Feb 2006
because its a volunteer thing. ( just like the in room babysitting) they volunteer in the hopes of getting a few extra bucks.

we generally give between $2-5 as well. lower end for just coffee and pastries, , upper end for anything hot or late at night.
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I do not think the stewards assigned to Room Service ss all are voluteers. I get t it about the tips but think they are assigned there.




Do you have actual knowledge to the contrary?
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#16
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Originally posted by wowzz
Nothing - I've already paid the auto tips.

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Room service runners are not part of the tip pool. They work that shift to earn extra tips.
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#17
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Originally posted by sail7seas
I do not think the stewards assigned to Room Service ss all are voluteers. I get t it about the tips but think they are assigned there.




Do you have actual knowledge to the contrary?
Notarized proof from Carnival headquarters? No.

My "actual knowledge" is a conversation with one of the servers attending the Carnival Chef's Table. I recognized her from early morning coffee deliveries. She said she volunteered for both room service delivery and Chef's table for the extra money.
#18
Southern California
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Originally posted by taglovestocruise
Room service runners are not part of the tip pool. They work that shift to earn extra tips.
Misspoke in my post. Room service runners are part of the tip pool, however they are not required to add their tips to the pool. They keep what they get in tips.
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#19
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Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by taglovestocruise
Room service runners are not part of the tip pool. They work that shift to earn extra tips.
Surely it depends on the cruise line?

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#20
Forked River, N.J./Naples, Fl.
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We have coffee delivered every morning on our cruises....love It! We always tip $2.00. So worth the luxury!!
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