Posted June 11th, 2012, 09:50 AM
We've done river and ocean and the tipping is the same. You have your included tours......but you tip your tour director, bus driver and the local tour guide. Keep small bills with you always for these inviduals. The tour director is tipped at the end.
That is the nature of the cruising beast and these people work like no one else would want to especially when we were in China on the Yangze on Viking. Our tour director for those 10 days earned every last cent dealing with situations individually as well as a group. She was focused and performed miracles.
The Yangze on Viking was the most incredible experience that we could NEVER get on an ocean liner. That experience at times left a person breathless and in awe! Ocean and river are two different beasts but how the staff are payed is the same!