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Cruise Line Tipping Policies: River and Barge Lines
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Amadeus by Lueftner Cruises
The Process: The company recommends tipping 5 to 7 euro per person, per day. These gratuities are split among the crewmembers.

Alternatives: Tipping can be done in cash or by credit card at the end of your cruise.

Extra Charges: If you visit the beauty salon or get a massage and want to tip the provider, bring cash -- in euros. You won't be able to charge it to your onboard account.

AmaWaterways
The Process: Tips on AmaWaterways are merely suggested; the recommended amount is 12 euros per person, per day, for the crew and 3 euros per person, per day, for the cruise director on Europe sailings; $15 per person, per day, for crew and $4 per person, per day, for the cruise director on Russia sailings; $2 per person, per day, for crew and $10 per person, per day, in Vietnam and Cambodia; and $65 to $80 per cabin for four-night Africa cruises. Additional tips of $1 to $3 are suggested for various tour guides.

Alternatives: Gratuities can be paid by credit card or in cash envelopes.

Extra Charges: Additional gratuities are not automatically added to bar or salon bills, so tipping is at the discretion of each passenger.

Avalon Waterways
The Process: Avalon's river voyages in China are operated by Victoria Cruises; see "Victoria Cruises" below. For the rest of its sailings, Avalon Waterways leaves gratuities to the discretion of the passengers; it suggests €3 per person, per day, for the cruise director and €12 per person, per day, for the crew. Passengers can pay individuals with cash while onboard.

Alternatives: If you would like to prepay your gratuities for the cruise director and crew, you can do so on all Avalon cruises except Egypt cruises.

Extra Charges: Tipping is not required at onboard bars or in the salon, but passengers can offer a separate gratuity for above-average service. It is recommended that cruisers tip local guides a euro or two.

European Waterways/GoBarging
The Process: European Waterways says that gratuities are discretionary and typically average between 5 and 10 percent of the fare paid, given to the captain for distribution to the crew (including tour guides, hostesses and chefs).

Alternatives: Passengers can pay in cash (dollars or euros) or with traveler's checks.

Extra Charges: None.

French Country Waterways
The Process: French Country Waterways recommends that passengers tip approximately 5 to 10 percent of their cruise fare in cash or traveler's checks (dollars or euros).

Alternatives: The ship does not accept credit cards. Passengers can make prior arrangements with the U.S. office to prepay gratuities, but this is not encouraged, as the company wants passengers to experience the trip before tipping.

Extra Charges: None.

Scenic
The Process: Gratuities are included in your fare for onboard staff and tour guides.

Alternatives: Additional tipping is not expected.

Extra Charges: None.

Tauck World Discovery
The Process: Tips are not expected, as Tauck's tour prices include gratuities for ship staff (and hotel staff if there's a land stay), local guides, drivers, Tauck directors and the cruise director.

Alternatives: If you'd like to give a little extra -- say, to an excellent bartender or to the massage therapist onboard -- be sure to carry some cash; you won't be able to charge it to your onboard account. The onboard currency is the euro.

Extra Charges: None.

Uniworld Cruises
The Process: Beginning in 2014, fares for all Uniworld river cruises, with the exception of Russia cruises, will include onboard and onshore gratuities. For Russia cruises, the line recommends $12 per passenger, per day, to be shared among ship staff and crew; $5 per passenger, per day, for the cruise manager; $3 per passenger, per day, for the local host or hostess on land portions of the trip; $2 per passenger, per day, for tour guides; and $1 per passenger, per day, for drivers. Gratuities for ship staff are handed out at the end of the cruise and must be paid in cash in Russian Rubles. You cannot pay tips with your shipboard account, credit card or personal check.

Alternatives: As usual, you are free to tip individuals additionally if you see fit, but it is not necessary.

Extra Charges: None.

Victoria Cruises
The Process: Victoria Cruises has instituted a small service fee to be charged daily to each passenger's onboard account. These gratuities are split between all crewmembers. The cruise line encourages passengers to check what the current daily service charge is at the time of their booking.

Alternatives: None.

Extra Charges: Cruise directors and river guides do not share in the general gratuity, so passengers are encouraged to tip them directly as they see fit.

Viking River Cruises
The Process: Viking River Cruises recommends varied gratuities depending on your cruise region. In Europe, the suggestion is 12 euros per person, per day, for the crew; 2 euros per person, per day, for the program director; 2 euros per person, per day, for local city guides; and 1 euro per person, per day, for coach drivers. In Russia, the Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt, the suggestion is $15 per person, per day, for the crew; $10 per person, per day, for the tour escort; $2 per person, per day, for local city guides; and $1 per person, per day, for coach drivers.

Alternatives: You may tip in cash or charge the tips to your credit card. (Credit cards cannot be used in Egypt, Southeast Asia or Portugal.)

Extra Charges: Additional tipping is at each passenger's discretion.

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