Holidaymakers on a Saga cruise in Croatia claim they were told to tip crew £8 a day.
The 30 tourists on an all-inclusive cruise holiday were on board MV Emanuel for eight days.
According to the Daily Telegraph, they were allegedly told by a guide that the company recommended tipping this amount, which would be shared among the seven crew members.
They calculated this as £274 per crew member, with one traveller saying: "The general conclusion was that Saga was not paying the crew's wages, but was asking the passengers to pay them instead."
A Saga spokesperson told the Telegraph: "We pay the commercial market rate for chartering the ships on these holidays. In the light of this complaint, we will be reminding the ship owners of our policies regarding gratuities."
The Daily Mail reports that the week-long cruise, which visits Dubrovnik, Split, Mljet, Brac and Hvar, costs £1,250 per person and includes return flights, travel insurance, transfers, full board, drinks and excursions.
Tipping policies can vary widely between cruise lines.
Liz Jarvis, Editor of Cruise International magazine, says: "Many will add a service charge to your shipboard account, payable at the end of your cruise, while others leave it to your discretion."
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