On my recent cruise on the Splendour of the Seas I tipped the waiters and the cabin steward the recommended amount plus extra. However, when paying what to me is big money for shore excursions, I didn't expect to need to tip tour guides, their assistants, bus drivers, etc. I would definitely tip a tour guide who was exceptional, but tipping three to four people (some of whom just seemed to be along for the ride) really adds up when you've paid 100+ dollars for the excursion. My friend and I also saw a can with a sign soliciting tips in the unattended restroom of a restaurant our tour stopped at. I did go ahead and tip, except at the restaurant, and I really don't mind tipping normally, but is this a bit much?
Yes, when cruising there are lots of people to tip. When on excursions, I just tip the guide, sometimes the guide is the person driving, but otherwise the person that makes the tour enjoyable gets my money.
I tip the waiter, bus person, cabin Stuart, the men who take my bags at the terminal. When on an excursion I will tip only if the tour guide does not mention it, and if I donít see a tip can sticking in my face. If the guide tells me they take tips or if there is a tip can shoved in my face they get a tip of the hat.
That's like that woman in Jamaica (you know, the one with the fruit hat??). Anytime you take a picture of her, she insists that you should give her money.
I figure if you're getting a pay check for doing your job then you should NOT require a "tip". EXCEPT . . when actually providing a service like waiting tables etc. Standing in front of my camera is not a service or a profession!
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