Never leave a cruise before tipping – Best Life
Cruises are a great way to travel abroad, especially if it’s your first time abroad. They allow you to cover a lot of ground, waking up to a new city or country every day. You can expect delicious food, nightly events, lots of sunshine, and all your planned excursions with a guide. But every cruise line is different, and that means it’s important to check the liner’s requirements before you pack up and head out to sea. And to have the best time on your getaway, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. . Read on to find out what you should never leave a cruise without doing.
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There are so many people working to make your cruise experience enjoyable, and it’s important to thank them, not just with a smile, but with a tip. Free, however, can be confusing if you don’t do your research first. “As for tipping, I would check to see if the cruise line has already added a tip to the cruise fare because some do,” says Tim White, founder of the travel site MilePro.com. In this case, you can easily align everything before relaxing.
Although each line has different tipping policies, a general rule of thumb for US-based lines is around $14 to $15 per person per day, according to Cruise Critic. “This policy varies from cruise to cruise: some include gratuity for all services, while others only include it for spa staff and not dining and room staff. Others still have different policies, so the best thing here would be to ask the cruise line,” Blanc says. Of course, if you dine less, it will have an impact on the tip.
Usually, tips are pooled and divided by catering and housekeeping staff. If you are in a suite or using butler service, tipping may differ. But as a general rule, if you’re extremely satisfied with the service, don’t hesitate to give them a little extra. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to tip the captain, the cruise director or the entertainment team. Either way, having a baseline is always ideal. That way, undertipping is never an issue when trying to thank your favorite bartender.
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According to Cruise Critic, there are luxury cruise lines and river lines, as well as UK and Australian lines, where tipping is not required. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do it at your discretion. However, some crew members may not be able to accept tipping, so be sure to do your research on tipping before you set off on your getaway.
Since tipping is required on some cruise lines, we can’t stress enough about being prepared. It also means making sure you have various payment methods. While some liners will simply add tips to your overall bill, meaning you will be charged after disembarkation, cash tips are often preferred as an option. According to Cruise Critic, many cruise lines make sure passengers have envelopes so they can give cash to the crew when they depart. It is important to note that “river lines offer passengers the option of paying in cash or by credit card at the end of their journey”.
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