You can do that. Typically, cabin stewards leave an envelope toward the end of the cruise for that very purpose and you can write their names on it.
Before auto grats, cruise passengers gave cash tips for room and food service staff, but it left behind-the-scenes workers without any monetary incentives.
The gratuities are pooled and distributed to crew members (not officers, since they’re well compensated). They go to people you see each day, like your cabin attendant, and the people you never see who keep the ship operations running smoothly. These are people like:
- Laundry workers
- Food stockers
- Buffet workers
- People cleaning and sanitizing elevator buttons and hand railings, vacuuming carpets
- Maintenance workers who fix your AC or the elevators
- People cleaning windows and doors all day to remove finger prints and grime
- Pool deck crew who clean and set out chairs every night
- Sports deck crew members
- Excursions and cruise director’s staff
- and other cleaning crews you may never notice.
You can either give an additional cash tip on top of the gratuity, or you can request gratuities be removed from your account so you can give cash.
Ultimately, if you remove the auto grats and only give out cash, there are lots of unseen folks who won’t get a share of the tip.
Furthermore, auto grats is convenient because you don’t have to spend the last day trying to find people to give them tips. You can just relax and enjoy your final day, stress-free.
Crew members who clean public areas of the ship receive a portion of the automatic gratuities, but not cash tips. We recommend keeping the automatic gratuities on your account and giving cash tips to crew members who go above and beyond.