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Tipping and Cruise Ship Sponsored Excursions

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Should you tip your tour guides on a cruise ship sponsored excursion?  We will be in Italy, Greece, Israel and Cyprus.  Some of these countries to not customarily tip.  TIA

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I have in those countries (except Cyprus, where I have not been), and my gratuity was readily accepted. Frequently I have seen a sign on the bus that tips were gratefully accepted (or words to that effect). I felt tips were expected. 

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We most always tip tour guides regardless of the location if they provide good service EXCEPT those that specifically ask or beg for a tip.  I am a firm believer that anyone who asks or begs for a tip is disrespectful of his/her clients and simply does not deserve a tip.  

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 I have only been on one Shore excursion where tips were not accepted and expected.That was in Skagen, Denmark ten years ago. We did a bike ride and when we all tried to tip our excellent guide, he was actually horrified. Even in the UK, tips were expected. That said, I can't speak to the countries you will be visiting.

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