Wondering what the going rate for tipping the baggage porters at NY Manhattan Terminal is

The best person for responding to this one would be BAK as I know he has sailed from this terminal recently. Just trying to find out what the going tip rate is for the baggage handling porters these days on a per suitcase basis.


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Bak tips them $100 per bag but then makes them do his laundry and clean his house while he is gone ....

Very funny Deb.....

okay, here in NY I give $5 each for the first two bags. If I have a third, the $10 covers that too. I never have a 4th bag.`. If you are a family with 5 or more bags, consider a $20. That should cover it.

In case anyone is wondering why we tip so much, well, for one, these guys are union brothers. 2) believe it or not, they do work hard. Remember, people got off the ship before you get on. 3) it’s NY ffs. Everything costs more. The parking is $40/nite.

Thanks much BAK I appreciate the response. I was assuming $5 a bag but wanted to be sure. The last thing i wanted to do was short one of these guys.


Glad I can help

A buck a bag. We all work hard. I do like to tip but these days everyone has got their hand out.

Do people tip the porters different amounts for the different port cities? We've only cruised out of a couple of places and given just $5 for our 2 bags.

In Miami we used to tip $2 / bag, but round up to $5 for 2 bags, $10 for 3 bags. Don’t ask me why.

I just say... Look..this is my bag. Get it right. Then I walk away... Union folk of any union are paid very well. It's all contract work. Just like long shoremen and crane operators or line handlers. I still tip but I know the inside scoop.

Just be advised, if you are parking at the port, there is a security checkpoint as you enter. They will ask you to open your trunk ( or hatchback) so the dog can sniff around.

Thanks. That is something new since we were last there. Appreciate the heads up as yes we will be parking there. The parking is one of the things I love about the Manhattan Terminal.


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