You Better Tip at Port Everglades - Or Else!

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#1
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We boarded the Regal Princess on February 4th. We always tip the baggage porter $10 for 2 bags. We did the same this trip.

As we were walking towards the Princess terminal, I was a few feet ahead of my wife. All of a sudden, my wife starts calling out for me. I turn around and she is being verbally intimidated by a porter. I immediately go back and the guy starts berating me telling me "You have to tip". I tell this clown I did and he continues on telling me to identify who received the tip. I locate the guy and drag him over to talk to "The Intimidator" My guy tells "The Intimidator" I tipped him. "The Intimidator" starts yelling at the porter to turn over the tip to him. We picked up the pace and soon were safely inside the Princess terminal while the 2 porters were still jawboning at each other.

I don't know who oversees these guys, but you better leave a tip - or else.
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We've never had issues with any porter. We do tip though and is common practice in the USA for porters, and for waitstaff, taxi drivers, etc.

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#6
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Literally told to "tip more if we wanted our bags onboard" at Port of Miami. Had tipped $20 for 4 bags. Took to bags and the $20 to another porter. Ridiculous but it happens!


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#7
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Originally posted by L1211
Literally told to "tip more if we wanted our bags onboard" at Port of Miami. Had tipped $20 for 4 bags. Took to bags and the $20 to another porter. Ridiculous but it happens!


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Good grief out of control. Would have given 10 max and that is too much based on the small amount of work they do
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Originally posted by Micah's Grandad
Good grief out of control. Would have given 10 max and that is too much based on the small amount of work they do


Should have reported it to the cruise line


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We carry on/carry off our luggage so have not had this experience even though we cruised out of FLL in January. It definitely needs to be reported to the cruise line !! In addition, there used to be signs up in the unloading area (maybe still are) that no tips are required. We always tipped when we used the service, but with elite status and our perfecting the art of packing light, all we need for a short 7 day cruise is one 24-26" suitcase. Since they are all on wheels, it is no hardship to roll it on/off ourselves.
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Originally posted by dphotomet
Should have reported it to the cruise line


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Porters are not employees of the Cruise Lines. They are longshoremen, union members. Those working cruise ships bid for the work because it is very lucrative, and the irony is that those with the seniority to get the jobs are the highest paid, according to chengkp75, earning in excess of $100k/yr. EM
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#11
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If you're going to report it, be sure to report it to Port Authority as the porters are in no way connected to Princess, at least in Port Everglades
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Originally posted by dphotomet
Should have reported it to the cruise line
Oops!! I answered before I finished reading. Several others beat me to it. Union, supervisor or Port Authority.
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Originally posted by voljeep
If you're going to report it, be sure to report it to Port Authority as the porters are in no way connected to Princess, at least in Port Everglades

And maybe snap a photo of the offender(s).
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Originally posted by Orlando Vic
And maybe snap a photo of the offender(s).

I would think again before doing that.
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#15
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Originally posted by L1211
Literally told to "tip more if we wanted our bags onboard" at Port of Miami. Had tipped $20 for 4 bags. Took to bags and the $20 to another porter. Ridiculous but it happens!


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Gee...starting to sound like an extortion racket. Might want to bring it to the attention of the Captain - but I wouldn't count on them to do much other than shrug...
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#16
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Wow !
$10 for just 2 bags, $20 for 4 ?
Way too much !
Half of that would be more than sufficient for the short distance that they handle your luggage.
It is no wonder that they are fighting over your tips.
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Not a very pleasant experience. What a dreadful start to anyone's holiday !!!

Port authority definitely needs to be informed of this intimidation.

I have never really understood the American tipping philosophy, but do follow the old adage..
'When in Rome...............!' .
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We have cruised out of Port Everglades many times and have never encountered what the OP did. We always do tip, maybe $5 for 2 bags. The porters never seem to be expecting or soliciting for tips. A couple of times we have had to chase after the porter to give him his tip, as he put our bags in the luggage cage then turned away to get someone else's bags. I guess we have just been lucky.
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#19
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same here - $ 5 for 2 bags - never had any kind of encounter, or seen one...all bags have arrived basically undamaged in rooms
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Originally posted by MCC retired
Wow !
$10 for just 2 bags, $20 for 4 ?
Way too much !
Half of that would be more than sufficient for the short distance that they handle your luggage.
It is no wonder that they are fighting over your tips.

Frankly, I think it is WELL beyond ridiculous. I will carry my bags on board. PERIOD. I mean, seriously folks - I worked all my life and never once was I "tipped". My Wife was an RN for over 30 years. Never tipped once.

So these clowns expect 20 bucks to carry a bag 50 feet? Nonsense.
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