Posted April 28th, 2013, 02:23 AM
Last edited by MarkBearSF; April 28th, 2013 at 02:24 AM
What is customary for people to leave as gratuities per day/per person on a river cruise?
On board, are the gratuities charged automatically to your bill the way they do it on ocean cruises?
How about for the shore excursions? How much do you usually tip the guides?
We are trying to figure out how much of a difference it can make if a company offers all the gratuities included in the price.[Thanks for your help.
Just got back from the AmaCello. This is the procedure for AMA, but I suspect the lines are similar.
No tips were pre-charged - this includes bar drinks. Your tip is up to you, but they do provide guidelines at the end of the cruise. In our case, it was 12 euro per person per day to cover all service staff and 3 euros per person per day for the Cruise Manager. Envelopes were provided to drop into boxes at the main desk. Gratuities could also be charged to your account - arranged at the end of the cruise.
On our cruise all excursions were included. If there are optional excursions, the cost should be charged to your shipboard account. We also personally gave each guide a courtesy tip of 1 or 2 euros on each tour (mostly depending on the change we had at the time).
For what it's worth, so much was included, that given the complementary wine and beer at lunch and dinner, we wound up paying for just a few drinks and laundry (both reasonably priced) that our bill at the end of the week was about 100 euro. Quite different than the usual multi-page statement I'm used to seeing slipped under our door on the last night on our ocean cruises!
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