You need to tip on an Alaskan land tour with a cruise line?
FACT- Yes. You should expect to tip on the land portion of your Alaskan Cruise Tour. This is the portion of the trip that is land only and then the cruise either is prior to this or after this part of the cruise tour.
Guests should expect to tip their tour director/guide and their driver to the sum of $11.50 per person per day.
That may seem like a lot but these folks go above and beyond to make your tour fabulous. They guide you through everything, from daily activities, touring, and suggestions for more things going on. They get you to where you need to go, they collect and drop off your luggage, (yes, once you step into this portion of your trip you never lift a finger for your bags until you are coming home or getting on the ship!), they know where to be and when to get the best wildlife viewing, they have insider information!
You can always tip what you feel is right but trust me at the end of your land touring it will always feels like it will not be enough!
In that case, at Carson Travel we recommend that you go again!
You save more by booking your cruise later?
Fiction- just as of recently! If you did not care where your cabin was on the ship, this used to be something that you could take a risk and hope that the ship was not sold out. The cruise lines would drop the pricing after all the unsold group space was allotted back into inventory or if the number of cabins sold just did not meet their minimum. This just changed in the last 6 months. As of right now except a few sailings that are 3 nights from Miami, the majority of the cruise lines are no longer dropping pricing last minute.
Why the change of heart? The cruise lines realized that by changing the pricing all the time that guests were holding off and sometimes they were not filling the ships as they needed.
Personally, we at Carson Travel are thrilled about this because we are no longer worried that our clients are getting the best pricing. Now the best rule of thumb is to book early, this is now back to the simple rules of supply and demand. If the ship fills or a certain category fills the pricing will go up. Booking early guarantees that guests will get the best pricing now.
What is early, sometimes a year or more out? Yes, itineraries are open that far out. If by some chance there is a great promotion that comes out by the cruise line with all the bells and whistles that you want for your trip, you can move your booking into that promotion, as long as you are outside of final payment.
The longer you now wait to book your next cruise the less likely you will see the pricing that may fit your budget, the airfare will more than likely be higher, and you may not get the cabin that you want. Cruising is popular, don’t wait to book your trip!
Leigh Ann Arnholt