We just returned on Thomson (similar to Island ships). We felt cabin steward about 20 euros for 1 week. Yours table waiter and wine waiter/s about 15 euros each for 1 week. We always found those people to be really attentive and appreciative.
You lucky people. Just got back from a two week cruise on Island Star. Absolutely fantastic and will be hard to top, but have already booked to reurn next year. No pressure or expectations to tip whatsoever. Personal attention we received from cabin steward definately desered a tip and he got one. Leave what you think. Put this to the back of your mind as all staff are brilliant. Bon Voyag.
It's not expected on this ship so don't worry. We usually give the steward a fiver per week when tips have been included. Porters usually expect £1 per bag but be careful as you can find 3 or 4 different porters handling. Some airports have a set charge per porter.
We have just come back from island star and we tipped the cabin steward 50 euros at the beginning of the holiday and our cabin was cleaned to perfection also it made it better because she was a lovley lady her name is nina so if you get her you wont be dissapointed. you dont see the porters who deliver your luggage as your cases are already outside your cabin door when you get there. have fun and enjo.
You may not see the porter who delivers your suitcases, unless you are sitting in your cabin waiting on your cases. You will probably be touring the ship. The cabin steward and waiters or who every you want to tip are happy with any amount as there wages are so pityful. The waiters in the resturants have a basic pay but the waiters/ress who serve your drinks do not get any pay, there wage is just based on the wmount of drinks they sell to you. They are quite annoying during the day constantly asking if you want a drink. Hey its not there fault they are only trying to make a living.
All your basic tips are included, baggage handling, waiters, bus boys etc, if you think any of the staff has gone over and above what you can reasonably expect, then show your gratitude to that person.
I've cruised with Island Escape several times and tipped differently each time.. depending on the service provided. In the main the cabin crew who look after you are great and around £15-£20 or more if you are seriously delighted. Never see the porters who deliver the bags so no tip there. The Restaurant staff often deserve a medal never mind a tip but give them appropriate to who attends you and how good they made you feel during your cruise, they need all the tips they can get and work hard for their money! Best tip to you is to relax and enjoy the experience, you'll love it and you'll be guided and motivated by your own feelings when the time comes.
J Nisbet, Ayrshire 9th September 200.
Hi we didnt see the porters who delivered and took away our suitcases on the boat, it may have been our cabin steward, we left 20 euros for our cabin steward. thought that would be okay they have quite a few cabins to look after so felt if most people did the same they wouldn't be to bad off at the end of the cruises. Have a lovely time we di.
Hi, we have cruised on the star and the escape this year and cannot fault them in any way. The only tip we gave was to the cabin steward at the end of the cruise and gave 15 euros. There was no need to tip any one else at all.
We tipped our cabin steward about £10-15 for his 100% attention to our comfort. You dont see the luggage staff, our bags were left in the reception area on departure and found in our cabin, then left outside cabin and collected from communal baggage area outside reception. Some people tipped their 'favourite' bar waiter or restaurant waiter but most people we spoke to didnt, as it is all included. Hope this helps.