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Tipping

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by tfleming23, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

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    I think that's an interesting thing to wonder about. E.g. who of you tips your air carrier (not that there is any real comparison at all)?
     
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  2. ontdiver

    ontdiver Solo Diver

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    Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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    ...and do you tip when you buy something at the counter (such as coffee, or take away food such as pizza) vs table service? I have been lucky on the half a dozen boats I have been on and have always tried to be objective and fair when considering my tipping - even when considering the exchange rate between $C and $US.
     
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  3. markmud

    markmud Self Reliant Diver--On All Dives. ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Lebanon, Ohio
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    Hi tfleming,

    Yeah, if the crew does a good job, you should be prepared to pay a 10 to 15% tip. If you can't afford the tip, you shouldn't buy the trip.

    How many tanks will you use? At 5 to $10 per tank how much will that add up to.

    How many meals will they serve you? 15% per meal unless the food and food service is crap.

    Stateroom service? Is the vessel clean and sanitary everyday? Is the navigational crew professional? How about the engineers (if the lights aint burn'n, and the screws aint turn'n, then decrease your tip).

    I bet if you calculated your tip piecemeal, the tip would total close to $1000.

    I believe the people who serve us, and serve us well, should make a decent living. The tip system is an incentive for good service. The cheapskates from certain parts of the world (including the US) don't help the system.

    Be prepared to pay $1000 for really good service.

    markm
     
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  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
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    I would be happy to tip if the airlines provided a bed and edible food on flights
     
  5. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    table service yes, take out generally no unless if you have a complex order or special requests.
     
  6. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    Well for the red sea, beer/wine is not always included and I didn't see too much griping about paying for that separately. So I don't buy the argument that the tip is an unexpected expense that can't be afforded when you have guests with a larger bar tab at the end of the trip.
     
  7. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
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    Both of my LoB experiences, I gave $150. If you had 24 divers tip 150 pp all year for 10 crew members, it averages out to $19k in tips per crew member over a year… What do they make working for the LOB, no idea but I bet it’s equal to or more than the tips they make. When I’ve been to an AI resort, haven’t I paid for everything in advance? Food, room, activities? Why is the LoB different?
     
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  8. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    Location: California - Bay Area
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    Your math has the crew working every single day of the year for 53 weeks...

    24 divers is a fairly packed liveaboard, most seem to be closer to 16, at least for the ones that aren't just converted fishing boats where the tips run closer to day boat levels.
     
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  9. ontdiver

    ontdiver Solo Diver

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    As most would expect, the crew's wages will vary considerably around the world - even though the cost of the trip may be similar. But those of us in North America should also remember that there is a considerable range for minimum wage at the federal and state/provincial level. More importantly though, the folks on the boat are looking out for your safety and well being, which can not necessarily be said about the hard working folks at the AI resort.
     
  10. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    I am from Italy, where tipping is not only quite uncommon, but can easily become a crime (if you tip a public employee, which I am...).
    So generally I do not leave any tip. Only when travelling in the US, some service people or taxi driver did explain me that they were expecting a tip, as this is their wage, as they are not paid for doing their service job or driving the taxi.
    This caused some problem, as when travelling for job I am reimbursed of the expenses only if I provide formal receipts for them. And in many cases you do not get any machine-printed receipt for a tip, so I materially cannot pay them...
    I see this "mandatory tipping" as one of the strange things peculiar to US, and luckily not followed in any other place of the world.
    So in the end I only leave tip when requested by people who are really needing it for being paid for their work. And only if I get a written receipt for it!
    In all other cases, I find it substantially absurd: if the service I receive includes additional costs, these should written in the bill, and I will pay them without problems.
    Why money has to be paid which is not written in the bill?
     
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