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Tipping Guideline For Galapagos Liveaboards?

Discussion in 'South America' started by cleung, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    I really feel for this guy. I can feel a lump in my throat just reading that. I have a lot of empathy and compassion for him in that situation. Even if he could afford to tip more and didn't, it is none of anyone's business even if we all disagreed with it. I would have reassured him with you had I been on that boat and would have hoped others would have as well. I also would have given the pompous arse an earful for that statement and been not so discreet about it given how he wasn't so discreet about his opinions.

    I do think the American tipping culture has been expanded to other parts of the world and into different industries in a way that I don't necessarily agree with. I don't completely agree on the tipping culture even at home for many industries but that is a different topic altogether.

    I tip on liveaboards but I see it as a way to show my appreciation. I don't do it out of obligation or because it's what I should do to "keep them surviving", so to speak. It's no wonder many people who come from non-tipping cultures/regions or places that have different tipping standards refer to tipping as a "tax". Yes, it is their job to be there and do things for us. Yes, the job requires that they get up at 5AM and not have personal time to wind down and sleep until 11PM. However, I appreciate how hard they work and all that they do to make my trip as enjoyable as it is. I appreciate and understand why they are far from their families and they are on the boat for long days, many days in a row without time off, and for long periods of time for a better lives for themselves and their family. I don't tip because of pity or because they "survive on it". I tip for appreciation. I tip for the small things they didn't have to do but did anyway. I tip for the various questions or requests I've had throughout the 7-12 days on the trip that they tried as hard to accommodate. I tip because it is my way of saying "thank you" in a meaningful way to them. I tip specific crew members more when they have really gone above and beyond. I have never heard of tipping 15-20% on liveaboards and that is from asking the operators themselves. That is also from asking the cruise directors and guides who have more to gain from answering with a higher amount. As I said, I've been on 9 and leaving for #10 and #11 next week. I've asked out of curiosity each time what their suggested amounts are. Most often, I end up with about 5% being the answer. A couple times, I was told by the head office to give what you feel comfortable with.

    It's a lot like religion. Do what works for you and makes you happy. Don't push your ideas onto others. Share with others your opinions and feelings and let them decide if that is a compelling enough of a reason to be on your side of the fence with you. Have compassion and empathy in everything you do. It goes a long way in life. :)
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  2. cleung

    cleung Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mississauga, Canada
    Just as an update now that I got back from the Galapagos on the Calipso, they did something I did not expect. Instead of leaving just one envelope for tips that's meant for the entire crew (to be split among themselves I assume), they left in each cabin, two separate envelopes -- one for the crew and one for the divemasters. So somebody made a decision that they wanted us to tip the divemasters separately from the rest of the boat crew. I have no idea what other guests did with respect to the split nor even how much they tipped since this topic was never brought up, again to my surprise. I personally did not care about bringing this topic up with the other guests either as I had already made up my mind how much and how I was going to do the split.
  3. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: California
    I tip.
    But these threads crack me up.
    What's a "living wage"?
    I make a "living wage" now.
    But now im 53.
    I really didn't make a living wage until I was 49, got no tips either, because I was a "professional"
  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    they also did separate envelopes in the red sea. i just asked the cruise director to confirm how many crew and how many divemasters were splitting each envelope.

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