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Tipping On A Cruise

Post Last Modified – August 18, 2023 娄

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A Closer Look At Tipping & Prepaid Gratuities On A Cruise Vacation

Now that 🛳 Cruise Ships are sailing once again this season, let’s have a look at …

💵 Tipping On A Cruise Vacation, 💵

and the importance of including gratuities into your holiday budget. Unfortunately, this is a most often ignored subject when planning ones long awaited cruise vacation. 🤔

Gratuities are important to cruise ship staff, and definitely something I believe you should be included in your overall holiday budget. When booking a cruise, for some reason many people just assume that gratuities for staff are included in the overall cruise price.

This assumption is in most cases … Incorrect 馃檨

Staff work very hard and rely heavily on gratuities, to help support themselves and their families back at home.

First, take a quick look at this informative 📹 video from one of my favorite leading {Travel Experts}, on basic tipping guidelines to follow most anywhere in the world.

Tips On Tipping From Peter Greenberg – YouTube Video

Include Tips In Your Cruise Vacation Budget

Our Cruise Holiday on the Carnival Valor

Carnival Valor Cruise Ship Anchored

聽I always made sure, to include cruise gratuities when saving for all the cruise vacations we’ve enjoyed over the years. Of the few cruises we have taken, the service has always been exceptional, on all the major cruise lines that we have had the pleasure of sailing with.

“Tipping is generally not included聽with the majority of cruise lines. Therefore, you should be prepared to pay a certain amount {per day – per person} on your cruise.”

Cruise ship staff work very hard to ensure top quality service, and I truly believe they deserve to be rewarded for this. 聽

Just as you would tip a; waiter or waitress for good service in a restaurant, would it not seem appropriate to offer the same gratitude to those serving you while on board ship during your holiday? ❓

Great Travel Deals

Update 2023

With sailings back in full swing once again, I’ve seen some incredible deals surfacing lately. Many of the cruise lines are offering {outstanding incentives}, to book your cruises with them.

Some of these incentives include:

Gratuities Included … Excursions … Alcoholic Beverages … 50% Off Booking

Tipping & Prepaid Gratuities On Cruises


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Definition of Gratuity:


[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]

noun, plural gra路tu路i路ties.

聽1. a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.

2. something given without claim or demand.聽 (

Things To Know About Tipping On Your Cruise

Waiter Serving on Cruise ShipFor most of the major cruise lines, your cruise gratuities are normally added to your; shipboard account. 聽

It’s convenient and can be charged automatically to your 💳 credit card, without having to worry about having 💵 cash available for tipping at the end of your holiday.

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Take a look at …聽
Carnival Cruise Lines ⚓
as an example,聽on their own tipping policies.

These guidelines are pretty standard for most of the other major cruise lines out there as well.

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Updated 2023

Standard Staterooms average approximately: $15.00 USD per person, per day. This daily amount is designed to cover your …

✔ Daily In – Cabin services; ✔

✔ Dining services performed by waiters and bus staff; ✔

✔ All other on board services performed by ships聽staff. ✔

When you experience the exceptional service first hand, the cost is minimal per guest for all that is included, and for what you are receiving.

Outstanding Service in the Dining Rooms

Cruise Ship Dining Room Staff

This daily gratuity is very reasonable, when you consider;

✔ All the meals you may be served in one day while on your cruise; ✔

✔ Your cabin serviced throughout the day, cleaned and set for you nightly; ✔

✔ The continuous work staff perform 24/7, to ensure cleanliness throughout the entire ship and more. ✔

When you take all this in to factor for just one day, the cost per person as a reward for their hard work is; minimal.

Of Special Note

It should be noted for those not aware, that your gratuity is spread among all service staff.

So rest assured from your; cabin attendants, restaurant staff, bartenders and so forth, they all receive a portion of your tip. 😎 With our experiences with staff while on our cruise vacations, finding service as good as what you receive on these fabulous cruise ships, would be pretty hard to match most anywhere else!

Gratuities Are Very Important For Cruise Ship Staff


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The information that I have gathered from ships employees and others, show wages to be minimal for service staff. As a result, they do rely heavily on cruise tips, as part of their overall income.

This is much the same for service employees most anywhere in the world, working for minimum wage. This especially true for staff on board coming from foreign and less fortunate countries.

These gratuities do help support their families back home in a huge way!

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If for any reason you are not happy with any staff service, immediately contact the front desk on board ship and they will offer assistance right away.

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Should you not wish to have your cruise tips automatically charged, you must contact the pursers office, as soon as possible, after you get on board ship.

Staff do their best, to keep you happy at all times while on your cruise. As well, if you have received exceptional service worthy of reporting, do take the time and fill out a; 📝 Customer Survey Card.聽📝

Better yet, make a note of that person and the service received, and leave it at the front desk on board ship. This gesture is extremely helpful for the employee, and they can eventually be rewarded with; staff promotions, salary increases and more.

The result of their hard work and having being recognized as one offering exceptional customer service, will be recognized by management. ✔ 

Tipping Policies Will Vary With Each Individual Cruise Line

Dining Room Staff Preparing for Dinner

Cruise Ship Dining Room

I suggest you check with your selected cruise line for their own cruise tip policies, prior to departure. This will avoid any confusion and stress while on your vacation.

There are some outstanding cruise specials out there, just waiting for you to take advantage of!

South Pacific Cruise Sunset Photo

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As I previously mentioned above, many cruise lines are now offering amazing incentives, to encourage you to book your cruise with them. As an example and one that we took advantage of on our last 🏝 South Pacific Cruise 🏝聽included; Free Paid Gratuities just for booking with them.

This means that your gratuities have been included in your overall purchase price. For a couple traveling on a 14 night cruise at about $15 USD per person per day, that was a great savings! 💰 So shop around, look for those great deals and don’t forget to include gratuities in your travel budget, when planning your next vacation!

Update 2023

Our family booked an Alaska Cruise several months back, departing Vancouver at the end of August. The deal with the cruise line, was just too good to pass up. Along with the terrific cabin price, the cruise also included …

✔ $200. usd shipboard credit per cabin; ✔
✔ White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad Excursion for each person. ✔

A great deal for a 7 night cruise!


If you choose to book on your own, one very reputable long standing online booking website I like and have used in the past, with excellent results is …

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Online Exclusives – Find the Perfect Cruise

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Whether a first time cruiser or seasoned veteran at cruising, I strongly suggest visiting one of my favorite cruise review websites.

Cruise Critic features more than 350,000 cruise reviews as well as advice and information from our team of cruise experts, on everything from choosing a ship to planning your time in port. The site also offer; itinerary, pricing information, deals and money-saving tips.

More than six million people, from first-time cruisers to avid cruise fans, visit Cruise Critic each month, to research and plan their cruises, connect with other cruisers and share their passion for cruising.

🛟 Find Your Perfect Cruise Ship Vacation on Cruise Critic 🛟

😎 Safe and Healthy Travels!

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✨   Did You Know 鈥

“Cruise Ship Regular Service Staff Typically Share A Cabin Below With 2 to 4 Other Staff Members Equipped With Bunk Beds.”

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