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Old February 6th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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Does anyone know for sure if casino tips are included in the ship wide service charge pool or are just for the casino staff?
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Does anyone know for sure if casino tips are included in the ship wide service charge pool or are just for the casino staff?
I'm not sure what you mean. If you are asking if the $12 per person, per day, include the casino staff, the answer is no. No bartenders or bar waiters anywhere on the ship are not included in the service charge pool. When you order a drink anywhere, including the casino, a tip percentage is added to that drink.

As far as the rest of the casino staff...manager, pit boss, dealers, etc. they are not included in the service charge pool either.

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My question is, do the tips given to the casino staff end up in the ship wide pool or are they kept in pool for just the casino staff? i.e. If you give a tip to a casino dealer where does it go? To him/her, to a pool of just casino dealers/staff or to the ship wide pool?

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I am not sure about ncl but on Carnival they are pooled. I asked one of the staff that i was tipping and she said if it is given to them in the casino they have to pool it. But it was only pooled by each type of employee.
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Casino staff is not included in the ships staff Sur charge pool.
The Casino employee's are a seperate company wing.
They may have there own pool system but not joined with regular crew.

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My question is, do the tips given to the casino staff end up in the ship wide pool or are they kept in pool for just the casino staff? i.e. If you give a tip to a casino dealer where does it go? To him/her, to a pool of just casino dealers/staff or to the ship wide pool?
No, they are separate from the ship wide tip pool. They don't share in the daily service charge tips, so the others don't share in theirs.

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CruisinGram, you wrote the answer is no. No bartenders or bar waiters anywhere on the ship are not included in the service charge pool.

You meant to write ...no bartenders or bar waiters are included...right?
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My understanding is the Casino employees are all seperate from other crew members onboard. They are literally their own group. For instance you might see someone serving you breakfast in Cagney's one morning and then seating you in the theater that same night. (Never happened just using that as an example). You will not see that with Casino staff though as they are their own "enclosed" group. That's what I have been told at least.
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The casino group as well as the Spa group are 2 seperate companies. They have a contract with NCL and pay them for the use of their boat. So tip general tip fund never goes to these groups.
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The casino group as well as the Spa group are 2 seperate companies. They have a contract with NCL and pay them for the use of their boat. So tip general tip fund never goes to these groups.

Please see this thread : http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=921314
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CruisinGram, you wrote the answer is no. No bartenders or bar waiters anywhere on the ship are not included in the service charge pool.

You meant to write ...no bartenders or bar waiters are included...right?
LOL Yes I did. Duh. Thanks for catching that.

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The casino group as well as the Spa group are 2 seperate companies. They have a contract with NCL and pay them for the use of their boat. So tip general tip fund never goes to these groups.

Seperate but still under NCL ownership..

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Even at land-based casinos, tips are pooled amoung all dealers. I would not expect a cruise to be different. That said, I found the dealers on the Jewel to be terribly boring and it was hard to remember to tip them. Not like most dealer who interact with the players, celebrate the wins, look terribly disappointed when the dealer wins, etc.
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Does anyone know for sure if casino tips are included in the ship wide service charge pool or are just for the casino staff?
my understanding, they are not. I usually will tip at least one person in the casnio, the one that smiles the most when they take my money..

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