The 7 Times You Shouldn’t Tip On A Cruise
Many cruise travelers are confused about when, whom and how much to tip.
Most mainstream lines automatically charge passengers a daily gratuity, yet still expect them to fork over cash for luggage porters, room service deliverers and tour guides.
Here are 7 times for when you should not tip on a cruise.
Do not tip when…
- You buy a drink (a 15 to 18 percent gratuity is usually already included in the bill).
- You’re sailing in luxury (upscale small-ship lines like Oceania, Seabourn & Silversea, tips are usually neither required or accepted).
- You’re dining at a Specialty Restaurant (gratuities are usually always included in the bill).
- You’re at the ships’ Spa Facility (an 18 percent gratuity is usually included in the final bill).
- The Counselors at the Kids Club (the club fees are usually included, however you can give an additional tip if you are feeling especially grateful to those staff members who went above and beyond your expectations).
- The Plumber comes to your cabin to fix your toilet or shower (although it is tempting, onboard ship engineers do not work for tips).
- The Ship’s Captain or Cruise Director (they are not required to receive any tips or gratuities).
Follow these simple money-saving tips when on your next cruise.
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