Re mandatory tipping

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I definitely object to cruise lines automatically adding $10 per person per day (or any other amount) for collective tips for the staff.

My husband and I tip according to the quality of service received. We recognize that some employees provide exceptional service and others do not work as hard. In reality, the collective tips penalize those “going that extra mile.”

If the cruise lines want to institute this policy, perhaps they should add $10 per day to the price of the cruise and stress there would be absolutely no tip expected or given to any crew member.

Again, I do not think this is a good solution, as the mediocre employees would benefit as much as those who try to please the customers, and the overall service could suffer as a result.

VIVIAN CHRISOPULOS
Richfield, OH

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I definitely object to cruise lines automatically adding $10 per person per day (or any other amount) for collective tips for the staff.

My husband and I tip according to the quality of service received. We recognize that some employees provide exceptional service and others do not work as hard. In reality, the collective tips penalize those “going that extra mile.”

If the cruise lines want to institute this policy, perhaps they should add $10 per day to the price of the cruise and stress there would be absolutely no tip expected or given to any crew member.

Again, I do not think this is a good solution, as the mediocre employees would benefit as much as those who try to please the customers, and the overall service could suffer as a result.

VIVIAN CHRISOPULOS
Richfield, OH