I know a lot will think me miserly but I'm Australian & don't believe in tipping unless some seriously good service is provided. I know all the arguments but remain resolute; employers are responsible for paying the staff not me.
I'm already bitter & twisted over Royal Caribbean insisting on us paying tips in advance when we booked our cruise.
It's my understanding that when we board the ship we have to hand our bags off to a porter to take them on. Presumably like all the others to come on the cruise they'll want tipping merely for doing their job. So, my q's are, can we simply carry our own bags to our stateroom? We're more than capable of doing so & really hate the constant pressure in the USA to tip, often for very average service.
Q 2 is if we need to bow to their scam of us having to use the porters how much do we have to give them?
Before the torrent of abuse from pro-tippers begins I have previously lived & worked in the USA way back in the 80's so know all the arguments for tipping, it doesn't change my opinion of the insidious practice.
Hoping to get some advice here :-)