My husband and I are going on a cruise in january for the first time. We know nothing about tipping for excursions or using a bus taxi to get to the excursion and back again to the cruise ship afterwards. Can you give us some advice on this subject? 


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I have been on one cruise with a couple of relatives, this is my first one with my husband who has never cruised before except in the Navy. When I did tip on my one and only cruise I tipped $2.00 one way and another $2.00 when we got back to the pier, was this appropriate?

You would be best to log into your actual cruise line discussions on ports and reviews and pick up hints on there. Tipping on excursions really depends on how you found the excursion. If it was good, leave a few Euros/dollars, if it was very good, leave a few more. Most excursions leave direct from the port if you are using the ships excursions

DBG, here is my advice and with that and $2.00 you could get a cup of coffee :). I recommend where this is your first cruise, to book your excursions through the ship until you get a feel for the land, locals, travelling, etc. As for the tipping part, generally if the excursion was good, my wife and and tip $5 - $10. Some may feel that excessive others may feel that too little however, I try to make it a habit to give it to the person that is the most deserving. ie: attentive waiter on the beach, most knowledgable tour guide, etc

Keep in mind that tourist is their main bread and butter and a lot of them survive off of tips.


But don't think for a minute you can get a decent cup of coffee on board for $2.

Hi - I concur with previous thoughts regarding booking excursions through the ship for your first cruises. That way you don't have to worry about getting to and from the meeting point.

As far as tipping goes, it depends on how you feel the vendor performed. We usually tip $10-20 depending on the length of the excursion and level of service.

We book excursions through the cruise line and give a couple of dollars tip at the end.

We always book excursions through the cruise lines so transportation to and from the ship is always looked after. We tip based on how good the tour guide was and this can be anything from 2 - 20 dollars. In some cases we would tip the driver 5 and the tour guide 10. It all depends on their service.

We always tip the tour guides unless he/she was terrible. For a full day we tip $5 pp, for a half day, maybe $2-$3pp. Sometimes we tip the driver also a couple of dollars especially if it was a tedious or rough ride. Occasionally we get the same guide on more than one excursion and they always remember us. This happened a lot on river cruises.

Thank you all so very much, this helps! I will keep in mind all the advice that was given to me. Especially to remember this is their lively hood. Not just money for a mere cup of coffee for later. My husband and I leave on the 9th of January on the Royal Princess and we are so excited! Thanks again!

It is to be remembered however that these drivers on day excursions do actually get paid by the tour companies. Any tips that they can collect for doing a decent tour is of course just a bonus.


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