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Hello. First and foremost, I have no issue tipping porters who help. I have however heard some horror stories about the porters at Port Everglades who request a tip before you even get out of your vehicle and that I have an issue with. I tried to do some research with the port, however they claim that porters are hired by the cruise lines. Please see below:
Good morning Steve,
The Porters are representatives hired by the cruise lines. Please contact the cruise line for more information about tipping the Porters.
Business Development Assistant • Cruise
Port Everglades Department
1850 Eller Drive • Ste. 501 • Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-468-0176 • Fax: 954-765-5345 www.porteverglades.net
Last time I checked, I thought the porters where employees of the port?
Anyways, is tipping actually a requirement at Port Everglades?
I've seen people complain here on the forums about being told by porters they need to be taken care of. And you don't want to complain because you really want your bag to make it. I doubt I would even try to get a name of a shake down porter for fear my bags would not make it!
But if the cruise lines hire them, I would at least let the line know that I felt intimidated. Do the porters have to wear a name tag? If not, they should so they could be reported later.
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On our recent Oasis cruise, after unloading our bags, the porter did point us to the correct door and then tell us this would be the last time we would see him, so if we wanted to give him a gratuity, this was our opportunity. It was said in a non-pushy manner and I had no problem with it (since maybe some folks think that he's going to follow you into the terminal with the bags, as at an airport), but I can understand how some people might take it the wrong way and think he was demanding a tip.
I must go down to the sea again. . . .
Last edited by Lizcourt; April 11th, 2011 at 04:08 PM.
On my recent Constellation cruise we had a 5X8 trailer loaded with luggage for the 6 of us. There was also water and sodas we were taking with us. I jumped out of the SUV and waved a $100 bill. A very nice gentleman came over, and in less than 5 minutes all of my luggage was unloaded. He gave me his card, and indicated that he would look for us upon our return. Sure enough, he had most of our easily-identifiable luggage on carts, and was waiting to gather the odd pieces and whisk us through customs. Then he loaded the trailer for us. This time I gave him $150.
Needless to say, I will be on the lookout for him in December....
PS: All of our luggage and drinks were in the cabin when we boarded the ship. I think he was worth every penny. You may think it was a bit much until you saw the amount of luggage and extras.... None of us had to lift a finger! We just watched in awe.
I haven't had a run in with a pushy porter yet, but I also always have some small bills ready almost as soon as the plane touches down to signal the vacation's start.
As for $100 and $150 tips: If you ever cruise at the same time as me, I will personally carry your luggage on board, wait by the room until you are given the okay to go in, and unpack for you for that kind of money. I may even smuggle a bottle of adult beverage for you too.
i haven't had a run in with a pushy porter yet, but i also always have some small bills ready almost as soon as the plane touches down to signal the vacation's start.
As for $100 and $150 tips: If you ever cruise at the same time as me, i will personally carry your luggage on board, wait by the room until you are given the okay to go in, and unpack for you for that kind of money. I may even smuggle a bottle of adult beverage for you too.:d
All ht estories of luggage not showing up, due to porters are an urban legend.
I just did a fire watch detail at Port Everglades.
I was assigned at the baggage entrance and was able to watch the interaction.
Tippers were treated the same as nontippers.
(this was what I was able to see)
All luggage went into the baggage containers then straight to the xray area.
These workers are too busy to fool around with bags during the busy times.
During the slow times the luggage containers sit until whenever.
Guess what, the tips are shared with supervisors.
This was for Crown Princess, 0600to 1800 hrs.
Last edited by fireofficer5; April 19th, 2011 at 04:05 PM.
I've taken over 20 cruises out of Port Everglades and have never been asked for a tip. In fact, my DH has a British accent, and Europeans are known to tip less generously as a matter of custom. We usually give $2 per bag and the porters express their gratitude.
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