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#81
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I cannot believe that something I wrote back in 2008 is still doing the "rounds". We always stay in 5 star hotels here in Australia and when our cases are brought up, I have never seen anyone put their hands out waiting for a tip. We do tip them a gold coin but most of our friends don't bother to tip.
Of course, as I wrote before, if they hear your accent and know that you have come from America, then of course they will expect a tip as they know of your tipping culture.

Luckily down here, all the cruise ships that sail from an Australia port and cruise back to an Australian port have stopped taking out the daily gratuities. Whether they are now included in our fare, I have no idea but it is a much better way of cruising. We have always handed out envelopes to those we think deserve them on the last day. Mainly to our wait staff in the dining room and our room steward.

As far as tipping the bus driver when on a tour. We have travelled extensively in the States and often we have found we have been the only ones to give the driver and guide a tip and we were probably the only Aussies on the bus. I have watched the passengers getting off as quickly as possible through the rear door! Here in Australia, no-one has to tip and the tips are not expected. We follow your custom when in the States and in the countries that expect tips, so please do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia. Surely that is the end of the argument which apparently has been resurrected from 2008!
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#82
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
I cannot believe that something I wrote back in 2008 is still doing the "rounds". We always stay in 5 star hotels here in Australia and when our cases are brought up, I have never seen anyone put their hands out waiting for a tip. We do tip them a gold coin but most of our friends don't bother to tip.
Of course, as I wrote before, if they hear your accent and know that you have come from America, then of course they will expect a tip as they know of your tipping culture.

Luckily down here, all the cruise ships that sail from an Australia port and cruise back to an Australian port have stopped taking out the daily gratuities. Whether they are now included in our fare, I have no idea but it is a much better way of cruising. We have always handed out envelopes to those we think deserve them on the last day. Mainly to our wait staff in the dining room and our room steward.

As far as tipping the bus driver when on a tour. We have travelled extensively in the States and often we have found we have been the only ones to give the driver and guide a tip and we were probably the only Aussies on the bus. I have watched the passengers getting off as quickly as possible through the rear door! Here in Australia, no-one has to tip and the tips are not expected. We follow your custom when in the States and in the countries that expect tips, so please do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia. Surely that is the end of the argument which apparently has been resurrected from 2008!

Well put and I concur with you!



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#83
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
I cannot believe that something I wrote back in 2008 is still doing the "rounds". We always stay in 5 star hotels here in Australia and when our cases are brought up, I have never seen anyone put their hands out waiting for a tip. We do tip them a gold coin but most of our friends don't bother to tip.
Of course, as I wrote before, if they hear your accent and know that you have come from America, then of course they will expect a tip as they know of your tipping culture.

Luckily down here, all the cruise ships that sail from an Australia port and cruise back to an Australian port have stopped taking out the daily gratuities. Whether they are now included in our fare, I have no idea but it is a much better way of cruising. We have always handed out envelopes to those we think deserve them on the last day. Mainly to our wait staff in the dining room and our room steward.

As far as tipping the bus driver when on a tour. We have travelled extensively in the States and often we have found we have been the only ones to give the driver and guide a tip and we were probably the only Aussies on the bus. I have watched the passengers getting off as quickly as possible through the rear door! Here in Australia, no-one has to tip and the tips are not expected. We follow your custom when in the States and in the countries that expect tips, so please do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia. Surely that is the end of the argument which apparently has been resurrected from 2008!
We always tip our bus driver, even the shuttle from the airport terminal to the long term parking lot. Usually it is only a dollar per person. We see that more than half of the bus usually tips the driver. Not sure where in America you noticed this, but it surprised me. We love Australia and got used to not tipping, as we did in Japan, which is also a no tip culture.
#84
London
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Originally posted by notentirelynormal
I can guarantee you that when we were there 10 years ago we were most assuredly made clear that we were expected to tip.
Look, even in non-tipping countries, if there are groups of people who look like they're ripe for the plucking, there will be some people who will simply pluck away. That's just human nature - and it has nothing to do with whether or not tipping is in truth genuinely expected there.

In particular, if your bus driver really said the following, it's seems quite clear what was happening. On the assumption that the bus driver was an Aussie, he wouldn't have needed to go to the bank to be told that US dollars are useless in Australia (unless, of course, you accumulate a decent stash). But why tell you this? It seems to me that it was very likely to have been to try to make sure that when your group was milked, it was milked of Australian dollars:-

Originally posted by notentirelynormal
Said that cutest tip someone left was worse then not tipping. He had to go to the bank to be told the money was useless in Australia.
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#85
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Originally posted by 4774Papa
We always tip our bus driver, even the shuttle from the airport terminal to the long term parking lot. Usually it is only a dollar per person. We see that more than half of the bus usually tips the driver. Not sure where in America you noticed this, but it surprised me. We love Australia and got used to not tipping, as we did in Japan, which is also a no tip culture.
Believe it or not I was referring to ship's excursions. We have noticed this time and time again. The last time we noticed it was last year when we were on a 35 day cruise from Tahiti to New York and we were mostly with U.S. passengers.

When I organize our own excursions of say about 10 people, we always tip and we work how much we will give amongst ourselves. Of course this is when we are overseas and in tipping countries. I would never tip in Japan as that would be an offense to the Japanese.

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#86
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
Believe it or not I was referring to ship's excursions. We have noticed this time and time again. The last time we noticed it was last year when we were on a 35 day cruise from Tahiti to New York and we were mostly with U.S. passengers.

When I organize our own excursions of say about 10 people, we always tip and we work how much we will give amongst ourselves. Of course this is when we are overseas and in tipping countries. I would never tip in Japan as that would be an offense to the Japanese.

Jennie

Catching up here my personal e mail was not able to connect with you that is a long story. Look forward to you sending your emails. Hope the cruise is enjoyable. Will you cross paths with Tony?
#87
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
Of course, as I wrote before, if they hear your accent and know that you have come from America, then of course they will expect a tip as they know of your tipping culture.
I'd have to disagree with that statement. We (Americans) lived in Australia for several years and not once did we get the impression that a restaurant server, hotel employee, bus driver, taxi driver, etc. was expecting a tip from us when they heard our American accents. We acted like a local and did not tip. Nobody looked twice at us.
#88
Melbourne, Australia
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Originally posted by brownblonde
Catching up here my personal e mail was not able to connect with you that is a long story. Look forward to you sending your emails. Hope the cruise is enjoyable. Will you cross paths with Tony?
I will be sending my usual emails and no we are not catching up with Tony as it is a cruise from Sydney to Sydney.

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#89
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Originally posted by GradUT
I'd have to disagree with that statement. We (Americans) lived in Australia for several years and not once did we get the impression that a restaurant server, hotel employee, bus driver, taxi driver, etc. was expecting a tip from us when they heard our American accents. We acted like a local and did not tip. Nobody looked twice at us.
Not everyone is out for a tip when they hear your accent. Also, if you didn't live in Sydney then it would be different as that is where most of the cruise ships tie up and also most of the tourists visit there. Down here in Melbourne, tipping is not such a big thing though we always tip when we go out to a restaurant for dinner. Saying that, we went out on Tuesday night to a very nice restaurant and we had to pay at the counter on the way out. We paid by credit card and there was no way we could have added a tip plus there was no box to put a tip in. In other words, tipping was not expected at all.

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#90
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
Not everyone is out for a tip when they hear your accent. Also, if you didn't live in Sydney then it would be different as that is where most of the cruise ships tie up and also most of the tourists visit there. Down here in Melbourne, tipping is not such a big thing though we always tip when we go out to a restaurant for dinner. Saying that, we went out on Tuesday night to a very nice restaurant and we had to pay at the counter on the way out. We paid by credit card and there was no way we could have added a tip plus there was no box to put a tip in. In other words, tipping was not expected at all.

Jennie

Some restaurants seem to have that line for tips, many don't. Well that's my experience across a range of eating establishments of many grades, from the most basic Chinese or pizza places to the top establishments.
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#91
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
I cannot believe that something I wrote back in 2008 is still doing the "rounds". We always stay in 5 star hotels here in Australia and when our cases are brought up, I have never seen anyone put their hands out waiting for a tip. We do tip them a gold coin but most of our friends don't bother to tip.
Of course, as I wrote before, if they hear your accent and know that you have come from America, then of course they will expect a tip as they know of your tipping culture.

Luckily down here, all the cruise ships that sail from an Australia port and cruise back to an Australian port have stopped taking out the daily gratuities. Whether they are now included in our fare, I have no idea but it is a much better way of cruising. We have always handed out envelopes to those we think deserve them on the last day. Mainly to our wait staff in the dining room and our room steward.

As far as tipping the bus driver when on a tour. We have travelled extensively in the States and often we have found we have been the only ones to give the driver and guide a tip and we were probably the only Aussies on the bus. I have watched the passengers getting off as quickly as possible through the rear door! Here in Australia, no-one has to tip and the tips are not expected. We follow your custom when in the States and in the countries that expect tips, so please do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia. Surely that is the end of the argument which apparently has been resurrected from 2008!
Originally posted by Aussie Gal
Not everyone is out for a tip when they hear your accent. Also, if you didn't live in Sydney then it would be different as that is where most of the cruise ships tie up and also most of the tourists visit there. Down here in Melbourne, tipping is not such a big thing though we always tip when we go out to a restaurant for dinner. Saying that, we went out on Tuesday night to a very nice restaurant and we had to pay at the counter on the way out. We paid by credit card and there was no way we could have added a tip plus there was no box to put a tip in. In other words, tipping was not expected at all.

Jennie
Back in your earlier posts you told our overseas visitors not to tip while in Australia (2005 - Post 15) yet in your recent posts of the last couple of days you advise that you tip when bags are delivered at the Hotel and whenever you go out to a restaurant for dinner.


"do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia" has a bit of a hollow ring to it to by my way of reckoning.

As I said earlier, this debate will outlast religion and I doubt that any of us will reach a consensus on the rights or wrongs or dos or don"ts on the subject of tipping either in Australia, overseas or on cruise ships.
#92
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No, tipping is not normally required in Australia, unless you have been given exceptional service and feel you want to pay a tip. That is up to you, but please note it is not expected, unlike as it would be in the US where their employees in service industry are paid badly in comparison.
#93
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So now we've pretty much cleared up the issue of to tip or not to tip in Australia.

I know New Zealand is a totally different country than Australia, but your customs are very similar, it seems, so does the same thing apply to tipping in New Zealand?
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#94
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Originally posted by Bpos
Back in your earlier posts you told our overseas visitors not to tip while in Australia (2005 - Post 15) yet in your recent posts of the last couple of days you advise that you tip when bags are delivered at the Hotel and whenever you go out to a restaurant for dinner.


"do not force your custom of tipping here in Australia" has a bit of a hollow ring to it to by my way of reckoning.

As I said earlier, this debate will outlast religion and I doubt that any of us will reach a consensus on the rights or wrongs or dos or don"ts on the subject of tipping either in Australia, overseas or on cruise ships.
There is no "hollow ring" to what I said way back in 2005. Twelve years have gone by and changes take place in every country. Yes, we do tip when we go out to dinner if the service has been good but that isn't to say that everyone else tips. Most of my friends do not tip, though these days as we have so many overseas visitors to our country, it is recognized that tipping is a sign of thanking someone for good service.
No-one in the service industry in Australia needs a tip to survive as they are all paid good wages so it is up to each individual whether they want to tip or not.
As far as giving a gold coin to the chap who brings up our bags to our room. We always stay in 5 star hotels and usually the person who brings up our luggage is a young man from overseas who is either backpacking or is doing a cadetship at the hotel. One gold coin, whether it is $1 or $2 is just a sign of saying thank you once again.

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Originally posted by scluvsrain
So now we've pretty much cleared up the issue of to tip or not to tip in Australia.

I know New Zealand is a totally different country than Australia, but your customs are very similar, it seems, so does the same thing apply to tipping in New Zealand?
Tipping in New Zealand is very similar to here in Australia. It is up to the individual whether you tip or not.

We were in Auckland only 4 weeks ago and we went to a winery for lunch. We didn't bother to tip. There was no running after us to say why didn't we tip etc. It is entirely up to the individual and it is not expected, just a nice surprise if you do happen to tip.

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Originally posted by scluvsrain
So now we've pretty much cleared up the issue of to tip or not to tip in Australia.

I know New Zealand is a totally different country than Australia, but your customs are very similar, it seems, so does the same thing apply to tipping in New Zealand?
Please, respect our culture, do not tip in New Zealand.
Employees are not dependent on tips.
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Duly noted, thanks!!


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ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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Originally posted by Aussie Gal
As far as giving a gold coin to the chap who brings up our bags to our room. We always stay in 5 star hotels and usually the person who brings up our luggage is a young man from overseas who is either backpacking or is doing a cadetship at the hotel. One gold coin, whether it is $1 or $2 is just a sign of saying thank you once again.

Jennie
Personally I think its incredibly patronising and demeaning to the recipient. 5 Star hotels pay award (and quite often above award) wages regardless of whether the staff are backpackers or hospitality professionals or trainees/cadets/apprentices.

A buck in Aus doesn't buy you a can of coke or even a daily newspaper.

You keep contradicting yourself from post to post.
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#99
Melbourne, Australia
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Joined Sep 2002
Originally posted by PerfectlyPerth
Personally I think its incredibly patronising and demeaning to the recipient. 5 Star hotels pay award (and quite often above award) wages regardless of whether the staff are backpackers or hospitality professionals or trainees/cadets/apprentices.

A buck in Aus doesn't buy you a can of coke or even a daily newspaper.

You keep contradicting yourself from post to post.
If you think it is patronising and demeaning to give a coin or coins to those who bring up your bags in a hotel, then your choice is to not give them anything or give them a note. We couldn't expect them bring up those bags without some form of appreciation and $1 per bag is the norm.

I object to you saying I am contradicting myself from post to post. This subject was started way back in 2005 and as I said earlier, times have changed and tipping in restaurants especially in Melbourne and Sydney is becoming more wide spread.

That is the end of my participation in this thread which has been going far too long. As one poster said this debate will go on forever and no-one will be happy.
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Originally posted by Pacific Sandy
Hi - I'm just wondering.

How do Aussies feel about the required tipping on cruise ships? You know, the waiters & cabin stewards make practically nothing and it is the passengers who pay thier wages.

Sandra
We have always tipped our cabin stewards and butlers (, if in a Suite.) However, now that NCL is charging $17.00 (USD) per person per day for Daily Service Charge, I am less likely to add additional tip.
Last 2 cruises, the staff have been pretty lax in doing even the minimum. I have had to go to service cart in hallway and ask for clean towels at 4 in the afternoon.
It seems they are very friendly the last day of cruise and one room steward asked outright for his tip that day as he would be busy later.
We have received exceptional service in the past and tipped generously as to reinforce this great behavior.