Well look at this. It’s Monday and I’m typing my blog post. I have not been very good at getting the last few posts out on Mondays. I sure hope everyone has had a good last week and staying on the cool side. I thank goodness for A/C every day.
Today I would like to talk about the hard working crew members of the Carnival Breeze. There are 1,386 amazing crew members that work everyday all day to make your cruise enjoyable. It never ceases to amaze me how the room steward always remembers our names. It is not unusual to be walking to our room and we hear “Hi Scott and Gina.”
I have not come across a crew member on any ship that wasn’t smiling and saying hi. You will notice that on the name tags of each crew member it not only has their names but it says what country they are from. These people are from all over the world. Most are willing to chat and even have a picture taken with them.
Now I do not know how much crew members make nor do I feel like it is any of my business. Just like any service position crew members love to be tipped. Carnival has a policy that $12.95 a day per person is charged to your Sail and Sign card to cover the cost of gratuities. I know some of you are sitting there with a calculator figuring out how much more you need to budget for on your cruise. Let’s get into the details.
If you are sailing on a 7 day cruise your room would be charged $12.95 a day per person. One person for 7 days would be charged $90.65. These gratuities cover everyone from the room steward to the wait staff and everyone behind the scenes. When you look at it that way $12.95 a day is not too bad.
Carnival does give you the option of prepaying your gratuities on the website. Just go to http://www.carnival.com and sign into your account. Select Manage, then My Booking, view cruise details, and click on add prepaid gratuities. One of the new features is that you can choose which person you are prepaying gratuities for so you can do a person at a time if you need to. If the option does not show up for you just give George a call.
If you want to prepay for gratuities you can. If you want to just have it added to your Sail and Sign on board account you can. If you think $12.95 a day per person is too much money you can go to your Sail and Sign account once you are on the ship and adjust the amount.
Scott and I prepay for our gratuities because when we board the ship we want our vacation already paid for. We also bring small bills to tip people at ports such as drivers and tour guides. We do bring extra money for our wait staff and room steward. If we feel like they have done an amazing job, which is usually the case, on our last day or dinner we give them an extra tip.
Your tipping preferences are your business. I do plead with you to not just delete all of the gratuities to save some money. The crew members do work very hard to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible.
If you managed to read the whole blog then you can now participate in my little giveaway. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is read the blog post and leave a comment. No DJ leaving the word comment in the comment section does not count! I will give everyone until Noon CST on Tuesday, July 11th to leave your comments. I will then draw a name from my super incredible heart shaped bowl that Scott and I made together. Once I have the winner I will announce the prize.