Atkins - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 14:13)

Fixed service charges are just a sneaky way of increasing the cost of a cruise so that the operators can advertise a lower initial price. I do tip but don't like it. I worked for 40 years and NEVER RECEIVED A TIP for doing my job. To say tips are necessary to top up low wages is just used as an excuse to pay low wages. Atomatic addition of tips to your onboard account means you pay for bad or indifferent as well as good service. Cut out tipping, cut out service charges and quote a realistic price up front.

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morris - Answered a Question by ferguson (22 Sep 07 19:50)

It does state in the small print of the Costa brochures that tipping is mandatory...I personally think that all tipping should be included in the price of the cruise and then we all know where we stand before we go and those of us who choose to only tip for 'excellent service ' will not be called 'mean'!!!! I understand that Thomson, Island and Ocean village all include tips in the price and when we've been on Thomson we then pay a tip to those who we think deserve a little extra!

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Bright - Answered a Question by ferguson (23 Sep 07 11:28)

On all the cruises we have been on we refuse to pay the $6 to $10 dollars the cruise line wish to charge. We pay far more but only to those we have been served by. Cabin Steward usually gets far more than the wine waiter. If thr ceuise is over 7 days (as ours always hve been ) we give gratuities at the end of each week and then finally at the end of the cruise.

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`Smith - Answered a Question by ferguson (23 Sep 07 21:59)

Don't pay it - as simple as that. I think it is outrageous to tell people what to tip.

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Macdonald - Answered a Question by ferguson (30 Sep 07 21:57)

I agree why do we have to pay for a service charge?Why is this not incorporated in the cost of the cruise? 6x7= 42 whynot add 42 dollars to the cruise price and say all gatuities are included you will then know what the price is. The same with 15% added to all drink bills why not just add the price and say that is the price of the drink. Try Ocean Village the gratuities are included you do nopt have to tip anybody. But I think it may be a good idea to tip your steward who looks after your cabin. Ian Macdonald Biggleswade Bed.

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hishmurgh - Answered a Question by ferguson (13 Oct 07 14:49)

It is not optional it is mandatory on Costa to pay tips This was brought about by people not paying any tips and scutteling off laughing that they had got away with it We were 5 weeks on the Costa Marina in March and although the tips were quite high we still paid the staff extra for they looked after us well.If you are not looked after well complain Im sure it will be sorted but after 20 something cruises many with Costa I would just pay and enjoy the service I do and have another 6 cruises booke.

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COULTRUP - Answered a Question by ferguson (02 Nov 07 17:31)

We are going on a Costa cruise within weeks and were shocked to discover the service charge and 15% extra charge on drinks. Can we opt out of these payments andpay individuals for their good service?

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