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Old April 9th, 2009, 06:29 PM
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I often start out the cruise with a $20 tip to the cabin steward, then if they do a great job I leave the automatic tip on the sail and sign card. So far I have had no need to reduce the final tip. They have all been great.

For us the shore excursions are the highest cost during the cruise. Since we have become accustom to a lot of the ports we often strike out on our own. Still need cash for taxis, souvenirs, shopping, spur of the moment tours, admission to the local sites, and samples of the local food. Either way plan for $100 pp at each port, more if you have a special excursion in mind. For instance, swimming with the dolphins can run $150 to $250 but then they have videos and photographs available at the end and who can pass up lasting memories of something you may only do once in your life.

Remember that haggling when shopping is normal even in the formal jewelry stores. Don’t pay asking price for anything.
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