Updated: Jun 17

Tipping should be easy: you receive good service, so you leave a little money to show your appreciation. It’s not that simple though. Tipping is not a standardized practice, and everyone has different ideas on who gets what.

Traveling outside of familiar borders only adds to the complex tipping question. Are you somehow embarrassing yourself or the staff by leaving a little extra, or are you not leaving enough? Be sure to ask us about any destination for insider information on tipping. You can also use this quick reference guide below to get a good idea of what to leave for great service.

Tipping guide

Bellman/Baggage Porter: $1-2 per bag, more if extremely heavy

Bartender: $1 per drink or 15% of final bill

Concierge: $5-10 each time you receive personal assistance

Cruise (busboy): $2 per person/per day*

Cruise (cabin steward): $4 per person/per day*

Cruise (waiter): $4 per person/per day*

Doorman/Hailer of Taxis: $1

Housekeeping/Maid: $2 per day

Room Service: 15%

Shuttle/Bus Driver: $2 per person

Taxi Driver:10-15%

Tour Guide (short tour): $2 per person for a half-day tour, $3 for full-day tour

Tour Guide (long tour): $3-8 per person per day

Valet Parking Attendant: $1-2


* Some cruise lines include gratuity in their fares. At Serafina Travel, we’ll let you know when we book your cruise.

** In Europe and Asia, some restaurants automatically add a “service charge”and do not expect tips. Don’t be afraid to ask your waiter if this charge is included.

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