Tips on Tipping in The Mediterranean
A Mediterranean cruise vacation gives you the opportunity to explore multiple locations without the hassle of checking in and out of hotels, packing and unpacking, and spending valuable time trying to find quality restaurants–all with excellent service dedicated to enhancing your exceptional travel experience.
Each cruise line makes it easy for you to reward the excellent service you’ll receive onboard. A gratuity of $15-$18 per day (depending on the cruise line and cabin category), per guest for dining and stateroom services will be automatically added daily to your shipboard account. The cruise line also will automatically add a 15% service charge to beverages purchased through your onboard account. Prior to the end of the cruise, the Cruise Director will address more specific questions regarding tipping procedures.
If you decide to take a taxi to the pier, it’s common to simply round up to the next dollar when paying your tab. The cab drivers appreciate this and it is considered part of their income.
When you arrive at the ship on embarkation day, we suggest tipping the porters at the pier €2 per bag when they take your luggage to place it on the ship.
When visiting restaurants off the ship and during shore excursions, many hotels and restaurants will add a service charge to the bill and an additional tip is unnecessary. But if no service charge has been added, a 10-20% tip for restaurant service workers is appreciated. We also recommend leaving change totaling about €1 on the table for the busboy.
For more information please call one of our Reservation Coordinators at 800 247 1899, Monday through Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm, Pacific Time.