As with any cruise, there are hundreds of crew members that put in a lot of effort to make your time onboard amazing. It can be difficult to keep track of how much to leave as gratuity with so many moving parts…and let’s face it, a cruise is a new experience for many. So we thought it might be helpful to break down standard etiquette for who, when and how much you should tip during your cruise–these are our tips for tipping:
Royal Carribean Tipping:
These days many cruise lines have moved to including tips into your fare. On the Royal Carribean Cruise line, dining, stateroom and other key crew members are compensated at $14.50 per person/day for standard cabins and $17.50 per person/day for suites. Royal Carribbean also adds and 18% tip on beverages and spa/salon services. ALL TIPS ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE FEE and will be applied to your shipboard account. So, there is no need to tip your stateroom attendees, bartenders or food servers…unless, of course, you feel your service was exceptional and wanted to provide an additional gratuity as a thank you.
Other Cruises/Standard Tipping:
To see how these rates line up with customary tip expenses on other cruise lines, we’ve included what was one considered standard tipping etiquette for cruise ships in years past.
During your stay, you will have a steward assigned to your cabin that will be responsible for daily turn-down service, tidying your space and delivering things you need to your cabin. Since this person is typically the same person who will do this throughout your entire cruise, it used to be recommended to tip your steward once at the end of your stay. Traditionally, it is standard to tip about $10-$15 per person, per day. For example, if there are two people in your cabin, and you want to tip them a $10 rate for a seven day cruise, you would give them $140 on the last day of your cruise.
If you opt to have a set dinner time in the main dining room, you will have an assigned table and most likely the same server throughout the week. For exceptional service, the customary tip was $10-$20 per person at the end of the week. Again, this can vary depending on your experience with the server.
Bartenders, salon/spa workers, etc. would be paid the customary tip one would pay on dry land.
Royal Caribbean has sure simplified the things with t“all-in” cruise cost–there is no confusion as to whether to tip or not to tip or how much to tip, whether it’s included or not, etc, because gratuities are built into the cruise fee. All you have to worry about is to remember to reapply more sunscreen.