The Cruise Line Gratuity Guide

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The hard work and dedication of the crew members aboard all the major cruise lines can help make a holiday on the seas extra special. However, every cruise line operates a different policy for rewarding these crew members with guest gratuities. Here, we have a look through the different policies of the major cruise lines, helping you understand how much you’ll be expected to pay (in the currency used on-board).

 

Price Per Day,

Per Adult

Price Per Day,Per Child Payment Methods Extra Charges
Azamara Cruises Included in Booking Price Included in Booking Price Not Applicable 18% Gratuity Added for Spa Treatments
Carnival Cruises $12.00 $12.00 Pre-Pay,Automatically Added to Sail & Sign Account 15% Gratuity Added on Drinks Purchases
Celebrity Cruises

$11.50

$12.00 for Concierge Class and Aquaclass Guests

$15.00 for Suite Guests

$11.50$12.00 for Concierge Class and Aquaclass Guests

$15.00 for Suite Guests

Pre-Pay,Automatically Added to SeaPass Account
Cunard Cruises

$11.50

$13.50 for Queens and Princess Grill Suites

$11.50$13.50 for Queens and Princess Grill Suites Added to On Board Account 15% Gratuity Added on Drinks and Salon Purchases
DisneyCruises Guests’ Discretion Guests’ Discretion Pre-Pay,On Board Cruise

15% Gratuity Added on Drinks Purchases

18% Gratuity Added for Spa Treatments

Fred Olsen Cruises Guests’ Discretion Guests’ Discretion Added to On Board Account  Guests’ Discretion
Holland America

$11.50

$12.00 for Suite Guests

$11.50$12.00 for Suite Guests Added to On Board Account 15% Gratuity Added on Drinks and Salon Purchases
MSC Cruises Dependent on Itinerary Dependent on Itinerary Added to On Board Account 15% Gratuity Added on Drinks and Spa Purchases
Norwegian Cruise Line

$12.95

$14.95 for Suite and Haven Suite Guests

$12.95$14.95 for Suite and Haven Suite Guests Pre-Pay,Added to On Board Account 18% Gratuity Added on Drinks and Spa Purchases
P&O Cruises £5.00 £5.00 (12 and Older) Added to On Board Account
Princess Cruises

$11.50

$12.00 for Mini-Suite and Suite Guests

$11.50$12.00 for Mini-Suite and Suite Guests Pre-Pay,Added to On Board Account 15% Gratuity Added on Drinks and Salon Purchases
Royal Caribbean

$12.95

$15.95 for Suite Guests

$12.95$15.95 for Suite Guests Pre-PayAdded to On Board Account 18% Gratuity Added on Drinks Purchases
Thomson Cruises Guests’ Discretion Guests’ Discretion Added to On Board Account Guests’ Discretion

 

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Claire Wilde

Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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