When it comes to paying for service how do you feel about that? Do you feel that you have paid enough already for the hotel / cruise / dinner that you don’t really need to start shelling out cash left right and centre? There are some countries where tipping is not expected – such as Australia and the Cook Islands to name just a couple. There are also cruise lines (such as Silversea) and hotel chains (such as Sandals) where tipping is expressly discouraged. The reason for this is clear – they want their guests to be totally relaxed the entire vacation and not feel that they have to walk around with a bunch of small denomination notes for tipping.
Service people very often depend on tips to make up their income. I do believe that tipping is an expression of satisfaction with a service well provided and I hate the feeling I have on some cruise lines (who will remain nameless) that I actually have to tip this poor Filipino or Russian because the cruise line is paying them such a miserable salary.
Having said all of that I sometimes cannot believe how mean people can be when it comes to tipping. Go on a tour and watch the people climbing out of the rear exit of the bus to avoid the driver and tour guide. Shame on you people!
Of course then you do get the other end of the stick. The over-eager, super-friendly server who wants to be your best friend for a whole week. We had one such person on our Seine river cruise a couple of weeks ago. Don’t get me wrong. He was brilliant. He knew everyone’s name and remembered it. He knew what drinks people liked. He was proactive, prompt and pretty damn creepy. He had a smile like the dog who wants some treats….
No…. he was worse than that. Sad thing is I felt sorry for him and we probably tipped him more than anyone else.