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    Porter Tipping

    We are sailing on the Monarch leaving from Port Canaveral. I am accustom to tipping the porters at hotels a couple of $$ per bag. Should I have this same mentality for the porters at the terminal?

    What about the shuttle bus driver? We are staying at the Hampton Inn the night before and will be taking a shuttle bus over (leaving our car at the Hampton Inn parking lot). Normally I tip the driver for airport shuttles. Do you see this driver as anything different?

    Other than on board - in Nassau and Cococay, where else should I be aware for tipping (customarily). This is a new country for me and I have had the uncomfortable experience of leaving a tip on the table while in Japan. I was chased down a couple of block by the mama-san upset that we were not happy with the food. At that time, tipping was not customary there. I want to avoid any incidents like this one. . . .

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    You have the right idea! It is customary to tip the shuttle driver as well as the porters (they are actually stevadores who work for the port and not the cruiseline). A couple of dollars per bag is what we generally tip.

    In Nassau and Cococay everyone who serves you expects a tip. Make sure the tip has not already been added to your bill before tipping----

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char View Post
    You have the right idea! It is customary to tip the shuttle driver as well as the porters (they are actually stevadores who work for the port and not the cruiseline). A couple of dollars per bag is what we generally tip.
    Totally agree with Char!

    Normally, we have 4 pieces of luggage to check when we drop off our bags at the cruise port terminal and give at least $10 tip. We want these folks to make sure our bags make it on the ship!

    Also, we tip the shuttle drivers and anyone else who helps us with our luggage ... same as we do when on land trips.
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    i figure if i'm not in europe or asia they want to be tipped. if they perform any service for me they've usually got their hand out. they get paid a pittance and they work for their tips.
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    In Florida there are signs all over that porters are long shoremen in a union and tipping is not required. When I do tip non union porters I give $1 per bag. If the shuttle driver handles my bads I tip the same, if I load my own bags on the rack in the shuttle i don't feel any need to tip.

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    We give $5.00 to the porter at the port. We don`t want your bags to be suddenly lost.
    The bus driver stands in from of the door with is hand out, they are not shy!!

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    we usually have two bags going on board so $4 -$5 dollars sees that everything is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CruisePRN View Post
    In Florida there are signs all over that porters are long shoremen in a union and tipping is not required. When I do tip non union porters I give $1 per bag. If the shuttle driver handles my bads I tip the same, if I load my own bags on the rack in the shuttle i don't feel any need to tip.
    This is exactly what I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruisePRN View Post
    This is exactly what I do
    A buck a bag is what I do.
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    For 2 bags, usually a 26" suitcase and garment bag, DH and I tip $10. I just thought $5/bag, but it appears we've been over-tipping
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