Does anyone know if there is a standard rate to tip the baggage handlers at the dock when boarding a cruise ship? We always tip (atleast $1.00 per bag), and I've heard rumors that if you don't tip, your baggage will be mysteriously lost and won't show up on the boat. Just wanted to know if anyone had any info on this to share...
I can only talk to Vancouver per my TA
Porters are their to take your bags to the cruise ship and most folks do not think about tipping them though it is appreciated and recommended. A $1 a bag in local currency
If you don't want to tip them, they will certainly let you know. On last cruise out of Fort Lauderdale they wasted no time in saying that that a tip would be appreciated. I always wonder just how much these guys make a year TAX FREE, just like the rest of us...
we usually have too much luggage, and it's all very heavy. grab one of the stevedors when you can, at least $10 for 3-4 bags, and if they help put them in the sedan, slide another $5 their way. it alleviates any confusion on getting your luggage safely into a vehicle and out of the millions of bags on the deck. better safe than sorry.
I've told this story before, but here it is again.
The wife and I always rent a car to drive to the port (Miami) because we don't like the car sitting there for 7-10 days.One time, we drop the rental (Avis) and catch their shuttle to the ship. 2 spring breakers are in the van also. At the terminal the porters are there to grab the luggage and one of the college kids asks me if I tip the porters. I say at least $1 a bag. The kid says the hell with that but they let the porters take their bags and stiff them. About 11 that night we see these 2 guys in one of the bars and join them for a drink. They ask if we got our luggage and I tell them about 2 hours after we boarded, "Why"? After 11pm and they still had not received the first piece of luggage. So much for stiffing the help!