I went on a cruise to Canada from New York and it was the first time I had ever been on a cruise. The thing that stood out the most from this five day experience was the ship’s crew. Every time I made I eye contact with one of them I’d get a “Hi, how are you doing” and then followed by “enjoying the cruise?” The waiters at dinner were especially nice and get extremely nervous when you are not satisfied. When my mom asked for unsalted butter and they did not have any I thought our waiter was going to have a break down. The only time I felt the employees weren’t being nice was when I would ask for more (prepaid) food. Though it is possible that I was just feeling guilty for asking for so much, but there was no way I could eat $700 worth of food in 5 days.
My theory is that since everyone gets automatically charged $50 for tip, the people taking the cruise won’t feel the need to leave more tip, which makes the staff work extra hard for extra tips.
What do you think?