But, though a veteran big ship cruiser, this sort of trip is brand new to me...and I understand customs and practice are a bit different.
Tipping seems a bit more complex than on my usual cruises...
Looking at the Viking website, their "recommended" amounts are:
Onboard Staff: $15 per person per day
Tour Escort: $10 per person per day
Local City Guides: $2 per person per day
Coach Drivers: $1 per person per day
Now, our trip consists of:
1 "forced" overnight in Beijing
12 night Beijing to Shanghai which includes a $5 night River Cruise
4 night post cruise Guilin/Hong Kong package
So, now, I am trying to sort out the expected recommended tips...
I assume the $15 pp for the Onboard Staff is paid for just the 5 nights onboard the Viking Emerald...
Is the Tour Escort with us for the ENTIRE trip? Just the 12 night core portion? (Is there a separate Escort for the Hong Kong Extension?) Or is the Tour Escort with us only for the "land" portions? IOW, is this $10 pp per day for 7 nights, 12 nights, 16 nights?
Is there a "local city guide" every day? Or are some days--like when flying from Beijing to Xi'an or days when there appears to be only "free time"--is there no city guide to tip?
Same basic question with drivers...Also, do we tip coach drivers if they are merely picking us up at the hotel to bring us to the airport the same as we tip a driver who is with the tour all day taking us from site to site?
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