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Tipping During Your Alaskan Cruise

While your cruise is fully paid for when you board the ship, you may want to take some extra cash with you to pay for things during port excursions. You can also use this extra cash to tip people. Tipping is tricky, however. How much do you tip, and when?

Generally, if you aren't supposed to tip, there will be specific notifications that tipping is discouraged. For example, if you aren't supposed to tip your waiter, the menu and bill will both ask you not to do so. If this is the case, don't leave a tip. Waiters can get into trouble for taking your money if they are caught.

Otherwise, tipping is a way to show your appreciation. You should leave around $3 per day in your room for the housekeeping staff - paying at the end of the trip is fine. If service was excellent, consider leaving more. You should tip your waiters and other service people (like hair stylists or massage therapists) 10% - 20% of the total bill, just like you would do at home. In general, those working on an Alaskan cruise will be making the same amount of money they'd be making working on land.

Don't fall into that cruise mindset when you head to port for shore excursions. If tipping is not allowed on your ship, it is easy to forget to tip the staff at the on-shore restaurant where you have lunch! Keep in mind when you leave for your all-inclusive cruise that you still need to take some cash, even if you don't plan on picking up souvenirs.

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