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Old 10-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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What do you tip for luggage?

We travel with only one suitcase for our family of 4. What would you tip?
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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Give me a tip on how you pack for a family of 4 in one suitcase! I thought I was doing good only taking 1 per person...lol. Will be going on the Dream tomorrow and was wondering the same thing.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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We tip $2/bag or $1 for small carry-on size.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Give me a tip on how you pack for a family of 4 in one suitcase! I thought I was doing good only taking 1 per person...lol. Will be going on the Dream tomorrow and was wondering the same thing.
It's a fairly large luggage, the kids get one side and DH and I get the other. I also packed fe gifts last cruise. We overpacked last time even!!! My kids are 4 an 5 so their clothes are small. We don't take princess dresses and just 1 extra pair of shoes per person from what we wear on board. We carry on a bag of swim stuff and a book bag of alcoholic beverages
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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Give me a tip on how you pack for a family of 4 in one suitcase! I thought I was doing good only taking 1 per person...lol. Will be going on the Dream tomorrow and was wondering the same thing.
On the 15-day Hawaiian cruise a couple at our table had only one carry-on each. No checked luggage. The mind boggles.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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We tip $20 for 6 of us. We managed to get 6 of us into 2 bags for a 4 day, and 1 bag for a 3 day. Oddly enough, our luggage was sitting right next to our door each time we got to our room with no other bags in sight.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #7
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A normal tip is $1-2 per bag.

Perspective--your stateroom host gets $4 per person per day, so for us that is $8 per day. For that, he cleans the room twice, does our luggage handling, etc. That's a lot more than the 5 minutes the porters spend getting your bag(s) from the curb to the ship. I don't begrudge them their tips, but some of what I read seems high at $10+ per family.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:49 PM   #8
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We tip $20 for 6 of us. We managed to get 6 of us into 2 bags for a 4 day, and 1 bag for a 3 day. Oddly enough, our luggage was sitting right next to our door each time we got to our room with no other bags in sight.
We tipped the same amount and our bags were outside our rooms when we got to our rooms at 1:30. Wonder how often suitcases show up after 4 for those who stiff or tip $1 a bag.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:52 PM   #9
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More likely it is that pdwimmer was in concierge (per previous posts). The porters don't take your luggage to your stateroom--the stateroom hosts do that after they have the rooms ready for incoming guests. The porters only take the bags to the holding area on the ship!

The other key is that bags actually dropped off with the porters seem to arrive sooner than those transported on a DCL/Mears truck from WDW or MCO. Having used both systems....just my experience.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #10
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The porters don't actually drop the bags off do they! dcl staff does that right?
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #11
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More likely it is that pdwimmer was in concierge (per previous posts). The porters don't take your luggage to your stateroom--the stateroom hosts do that after they have the rooms ready for incoming guests. The porters only take the bags to the holding area on the ship!
We did concierge last February. But then we were on Deck 7 in September. (By the way, the service in both was excellent!!! Couldn't really tell the difference other than the size of the room for anyone who is curious :-))

I think the tip does make a difference as it makes a difference on where in the queue the bags get placed. In concierge they just magically appeared and I had no idea where they stored them. But on Deck 7 we walked right past the room where bags were stored when brought up from the dock. There were hundreds of bags in the room. But only a handful of bags had been delivered. Who knows????? In any event, it is what it is. $1-2 per bag is a reasonable courtesy tip.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:23 PM   #12
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A normal tip is $1-2 per bag.

Perspective--your stateroom host gets $4 per person per day, so for us that is $8 per day. For that, he cleans the room twice, does our luggage handling, etc. That's a lot more than the 5 minutes the porters spend getting your bag(s) from the curb to the ship. I don't begrudge them their tips, but some of what I read seems high at $10+ per family.
That really does put it in perspective. It's kind of similar to hotels. The guy that takes your bags up to your room gets 1-2/bag, valet gets a minimum of $5, your waiter gets a 15 to 20% tip, but most people forget to tip the housekeeping. Housekeeping spends the most time doing something for you, but tend to get the least tip. Please all remember that when the tip envelopes come out. Tip what you can and be courteous to those that are helping make your vacation as stress free as possible.
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We tip $1 per bag when we drop them off at the curb with the porters. We tip at least $2 per bag when we have a porter help us get all our luggage, including carryons, through customs and to our car in the garage, even loading the luggage into the back of the van. That usually comes to $20, but since we have two kids it has been priceless to have the porter do this and have us be able to get them settled in their seats and not have to mess with the luggage before heading out on our 12-hour drive home.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:33 PM   #14
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We did concierge last February. But then we were on Deck 7 in September. (By the way, the service in both was excellent!!! Couldn't really tell the difference other than the size of the room for anyone who is curious :-))

I think the tip does make a difference as it makes a difference on where in the queue the bags get placed. In concierge they just magically appeared and I had no idea where they stored them. But on Deck 7 we walked right past the room where bags were stored when brought up from the dock. There were hundreds of bags in the room. But only a handful of bags had been delivered. Who knows????? In any event, it is what it is. $1-2 per bag is a reasonable courtesy tip.
Well, somebody has to have their bag delivered first, right?

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That really does put it in perspective. It's kind of similar to hotels. The guy that takes your bags up to your room gets 1-2/bag, valet gets a minimum of $5, your waiter gets a 15 to 20% tip, but most people forget to tip the housekeeping. Housekeeping spends the most time doing something for you, but tend to get the least tip. Please all remember that when the tip envelopes come out. Tip what you can and be courteous to those that are helping make your vacation as stress free as possible.
Housekeeping is not a tipped position in most hotels. That is why most people do not tip them.


OP, we tip about $1 per bag no matter where we are, ship, shuttle driver, hotel. If you need anything in your bag sooner I would suggest carrying it with you rather than trying to tip more and thinking you will get your bag sooner. For only one bag I would probably give $2-3.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:46 PM   #15
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We usually tip $2 per bag when we are getting on the ship. We tip more (usually $3 to $4 per bag) when we leave the ship & the porter takes our bags through Customs & out to our car.
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