Daily Gratuity (Tipping) Amounts for Major Cruise Lines

No subject in cruising causes more conversation (ok, disagreement) than tipping.

Gone are the days where you were expected to give a tip to the crew members if they went above and beyond. These days the cruise lines have made tipping expected, laying out daily gratuity amounts that are charged to each passenger’s account and then distributed among the crew. Meanwhile, the crew members have come to rely on these tips as a major portion of their compensation.

Like it or not, gratuities are here to stay. Yes, you can adjust the amount higher or lower but at a minimum passengers are expected to pay the amounts laid out by the cruise lines.

To help you prepare your budget, we’ve rounded up the details on daily gratuity amounts for the major cruise lines. These are the amounts your account will be charged at the end of the cruise unless you specify otherwise.

Gratuity Amounts By Cruise Line

Carnival$12.95 per person, per day. $13.95 per person, per day for guests in suites.
Royal Caribbean$13.50 per person, per day. $16.50 per person, per day for guests in suites.
Disney$36 per person for 3-day cruise. $48 per person for 4-day cruise. $84 per person for 7-day cruise.
Princess$13.50 per person, per day. $14.50 per person, per day staying in mini-suites. $15.50 per person, per day for guests in suites.
Norwegian $13.99 per person, per day. $16.99 per person, per day staying in suites. $18.99 per person, per day for guests sailing on Norwegian Sky. $21.99 per person, per day staying in suites on Norwegian Sky.
Holland America$13.50 per person, per day. $15.00 per person, per day for guests in suites.

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