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Old October 4th, 2005, 09:16 PM
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Default How much to tip for incidentals

Tipping is not big or common in Australia. We usually only tip balances, say the $3 change of a $27 tab to a waiter or the loose change to a taxi driver - nobody else really. Wages are regarded as being adequate on there own.

It sometimes leads to embarrassment overseas and to our perhaps depriving workers of their due. For example, it was only after a cruise that I discovered that I should have tipped room service. I had assumed that all tips were included in the $10 pp/d.

But how much should I tip? Suggestions I have heard in the past refer to a small tip, but what it that? How much should we tip a taxi driver in Honolulu? A porter in a hotel? A bus driver? A ticket collector? Who else?

Looking forward to next cruise on Norwegian Wind.

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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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But how much should I tip? Suggestions I have heard in the past refer to a small tip, but what it that? How much should we tip a taxi driver in Honolulu? A porter in a hotel? A bus driver? A ticket collector? Who else?

Room service should get $2-4 depending on how much you order (a small snack as opposed to full dinner for two, for example). A taxi driver would get about 15% of the fare. A porter in a hotel or at the dock would expect $1-2 per bag. Bus drivers do not get tipped, however, a bus driver/tour guide would get about $5 per person depending on length of tour, quality of guide, etc. Not sure what you mean by ticket collector, but assuming you mean the person in a theater who takes your ticket, this person would not get a tip. A hotel chambermaid would get about $4-5 per day.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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Thanks, gerif, that will be a great help. Now to get some small denomination notes.

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