A Beginner’s Guide to Tipping on a Cruise

Some cruises are short and on the small side, while others are long and anything but small. Some have service charges built into the price to let you know that gratuities aren’t necessary, while others leave it up to you to figure it out.

Not all cruises have the same employees or the same expectations, but here’s a brief cruise tipping guide that beginners can follow to help keep it all straight.

Gratuities Based on Position

Here is a list of positions you’ll find on board larger cruise ships. If you’re on a smaller, local cruise many of these won’t be necessary. If you’re unsure on how to go about leaving gratuities on a cruise, take the time to ask your travel agent or one of the ship’s representatives. Sometimes, different positions expect to be tipped in different ways.

Any cruise gratuity guide is meant to be just that, a guide. You may want to give more or less, depending on the quality of service you receive and the nature of the cruise. Obviously, a three hour cruise around the harbor doesn’t warrant envelopes stuffed with cash when it’s over.

And regardless of the type of cruise, take the time to say thank you and let them know that you appreciate the service you’ve received. Sometimes, that’s more gratifying than the monetary tip you give.

This post is brought to you by Gina Hamilton. When it comes showcasing the beauty of the City of Toronto to her relatives, she recommends 416-Cruises. They offer Toronto cruises for lunch, dinner and/or corporate events.

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