Gratuities Guide: What Will You Pay and How Will You Pay It

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If you can be sure of one thing on a cruise holiday, it’s the amazing level of service you’ll receive from the ship’s dedicated crew. Working tirelessly to ensure every guest is warmly accommodated; cruise crews are some of the hardest workers in the travel sector, and are fully deserving of an occasional tip or two.

 

However, when it comes to paying a pre-assigned, automatic gratuity charge on top of the total price of their cruise, some guests can understandably feel a little uneasy — largely because they’re concerned the money won’t find its way back to those who merit reward.

 

To give you an idea of how much you’re likely to pay in gratuities when travelling with different cruise lines, we’ll look at the tipping policies of some of Australia’s most popular tour operators.

 

Price Per Day, Per Adult Price Per Day, Per Child Payment Method Extra Charges
Azamara Cruises Gratuity fee included in booking price Gratuity fee included in booking price N/A Additional 18% gratuity charge for spa treatments
Carnival Cruises $12.00 $12.00 Automatically added to Sail & Sign Account Additional 15% gratuity charge on beverages
Celebrity Cruises $11.50Standard 

$12.00 Concierge Class

 

$15.00

Suite Guests

$11.50Standard 

$12.00 Concierge Class

 

$15.00

Suite Guests

Automatically added to Seapass Account None
Cunard Cruises $11.50Standard 

$13.50 Princess Grill & Queens Suites

$11.50Standard 

$13.50 Princess Grill & Queens Suites

Automatically added to on board account Additional 15% gratuity charge on drinks and salon purchases
Holland America Line $11.50Standard 

$12.00

Suite Guests

 

$11.50Standard 

$12.00

Suite Guests

 

Automatically added to on board account Additional 15% gratuity charge on drinks and salon purchases
MSC Cruises Varies by specific itinerary Varies by specific itinerary Automatically added to on board account Additional 15% gratuity charge on drinks and salon purchases
Norwegian Cruise Line $12.95$14.95

Suite Guests

 

$12.95$14.95

Suite Guests

 

Automatically added to on board account Additional 18% gratuity charge on drinks and salon purchases
P&O Australia $7.50 $7.50 Automatically added to on board account None
Princess Cruises $11.50$12.00 Suite Guests $11.50$12.00 Suite Guests Automatically added to on board account Additional 15% gratuity charge on drinks and salon purchases
Royal Caribbean $12.95$15.95 Suite Guests $12.95$15.95 Suite Guests Automatically added to on board account Additional 18% gratuity charge on beverages

Should you have any further questions regarding gratuities, or any other question for that matter, please don’t hesitate to contact the Cruise1st Australia team on 1300 857 345.

Image sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Princess Cruises.

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