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?

22 Answers

Yes, we always tip. Most of the time leave it up to the guide and driver to divvy it up, but if I have doubts about the guide sharing, I do so myself. Always tipped so far that is, but one time in Scotland I shouldn’t have because the guy was an arrogant ass, but then he did okay with the narrative.

However, if I were in the shoes of Cruising CM during that episode she previously described or even more so during Keywest 1's situation. I would have not only not tipped but voiced my displeasure with all concerned in the Keywest 1 scenario, with particular attention aimed at those who stole the old folk’s seats up front; by doing so they violated an unwritten civil decorum rule that I have only once witnessed before on a coach, and that was in 1997: “We have only not tipped on one excursion. The guide and driver allowed extra passengers to return from a beach (for a fee, of course). The extras were allowed to board first and took seats that some older folks had been sitting in all day (in front of bus with easy access). We were crowded and irritated, and I probably shouldn't have held the entire tip, but I did.”

I always tip and we have to have excursions at each stop.Big Smile


* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.