I'm booked on to a trip, that leaves out of Florida. Speaking to friends i have heard that a 15-20% tip can be the norm for customer service in the US. 15%-20% on a $3000 trip is a hell of a lot of money to me when taking the total trip cost (international airfare and hotels) into account. Are these fee's a hidden cost in US culture that i should have budgeted for or is acceptable to just give what i can afford?
Here in the UK if someone asked for a specific amount for a tip, i'd be offended, tell them to stop being so cheeky and probably leave less.
The trip you are going on , the boat has 4 crew. They hand out envelopes at the end of the trip.
Service was not as good as other live-aboards i have been on in Asia, but they deliver an amazing experience underwater!
I recently spent 5 months working in the states, so i got used to the tip concept. I tipped around 12%.