Shore excursions and tipping

There have been quite a few discussions around tipping ship crew members, but I don't remember anything recent regarding shore excursion tipping. Regardless of whether you book through the ship or make arrangements on your own - do you tip your tour guide and driver? What prompts you to tip and how do you decide on how much you tip?

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Like most of you tip depends on level of service, good service good tip, just calling in your job, no tip.

Tipping is different in different countries. When I was staying in Rome for a couple weeks before a cruise we had found a little cafe near the hotel that we liked and were in it once or twice a day for a meal or a snack. After a few days the waiter told us that in Italy a tip is just a couple Euro's not 20% like in the USA. I guess we had made quite an impression on the waiter, the next year when we were back in Rome (stayed at the same hotel) we went back to the Cafe and when we walked in he said "Welcome back Rome" We did get great service at that little cafe.

Me, too!

The only time I did not tip a tour guide was 2002 in Belgium. Our first cruise since 911, everyone on the excursion was American. For three hours he explained to us the reason the Americans were targeted and why we were such terrible people. We all took it with a grain of salt for the most part. I laughed when we were departing he held his hand out for a tip. No one tipped this man. The rest of our time in Belgium was fantastic.

Holy crapoly. I'm not sure I could have kept my mouth shut.

It does depend on the service, but about 99% of the excursions i've been on, they always have some sort of promotion for tips (verbal or signage). Even the shuttles to the port have some schpeal.

Wow .. just wow. Normally a no tip sends a message but in this case I think I might have stooped to the insult level of giving him a penny tip (since his hand was out) .

I pay as much attention to those signs as I do to tip jars at fast food places -- I ignore them.

If it is a free shuttle, I will usually tip the driver. If I receive above average service from someone I will tip them. If they only do the bare minimum of their job, I will not tip. If they are insulting, I will tip them 2 pennies (my 2 cents).

Also, if they have their hand out begging, or mention it incessantly, their tip will be lower.

The lady behind me did tell him that she would not offend him with American money. This of course added to my laugh.Happy

What I can't stand, are the shuttle drivers from either the hotel or airport. They go through the their " welcome to Miami " schtick, and you know it's coming.........wait for it........" And please feel free to tip your driver........" Aaaaaaaaaaaghhhhhhhhhhh. You are paid to drive me 15 min to the pier. Why does that warrant a tip ?

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