Tipping Guidelines

Tipping while on vacation can be a bit overwhelming - who do I need to tip? How much? What's expected? It's especially difficult to know how much to tip for outstanding service for those that go the extra mile to make your honeymoon special. Below are some helpful tipping guidelines to help you along your trip. Keep in mind that tipping guidelines are much different while traveling outside of the US. It is acceptable to tip between 5%-10% while traveling in most international countries. Make sure to check your bill - many restaurants already include a service charge to cover the tip.

THE SITUATION
RECOMMENDED TIP
SKYCAP HANDLES YOUR BAGS $1.00 PER BAG
TAXI DRIVERS 15% OF THE TOTAL FARE
LIMOUSINE DRIVER 15% OF THE TOTAL FARE
REDCAPS (RAIL TRAVEL) $1.00 PER BAG
TRAIN CONDUCTER NOT A PENNY
TRAIN SLEEPING CAR ATTENDENT $5.00 PER PERSON PER DAY
CONCIERGE $2.00 - $10.00
FRONT DESK (EARLY CHECK IN LATE CHECK OUT) $5.00 ~ $10.00
DOORMAN $1.00 FOR HAILING TAXI
BELLHOP $1.00 PER BAG + $1.00 FOR SHOWING YOU THE ROOM
ROOM SERVICE IF GRATUITY IS NOT INCLUDED ALREADY, 15 TO 20% OF BILL
HOUSEKEEPING $2.00 ~ $3.00 PER DAY
YOUR PRIVATE ROOM BUTLER $5.00 ~ $10.00 PER DAY
TRAVEL AGENT REFERRALS
SPA TECHNICIAN 18% OF BILL (NORMALLY ADDED ON FOR YOU)
POOL OR BEACH ATTENDENT $2.00 ~ $5.00 PER DAY / PER CHAIR
TOUR GUIDE Check ahead. If the tip is not already included, give 10-15% of the tour price. No less than $1-2 for a half-day tour, $3-4 for a full-day tour, and $5-10 for a week-long tour. This is a per-person rate. Tip private tour guides more. If the bus driver is particularly helpful with bags, then tip $1-2 per bag.
SHOE SHINE $2.00 PER PAIR
CRUISE WAITER $3.00 PER DAY, PER PERSON
CRUISE CABIN STEWARD $3.00 PER DAY, PER PERSON
US WAITSTAFF OR BARSTAFF 15 TO 20 % OF TOTAL BILL
MAITRE D NOTHING UNLESS HE GETS YOU TABLE, THEN $5.00 ~ $10.00
RESTROOM ATTENDANT $1.00 ($5.00 IF THEY TELL YOU YOUR FLY IS OPEN BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE BATHROOM)
ITEMS BROUGHT TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM (FLOWERS, CANDLES, ASPIRIN) DECIDE ON HOW MUCH BASED ON HOW MUCH THEY WENT OUT OF THE WAY TO HELP YOU.
COAT CHECK $1.00 PER COAT
MUSICIAN THAT VISTIS TABLE $2.00 ~ $3.00 (IF YOU REQUEST SOMETHING, OPTIONAL IF THEY STOP BY)

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