Friday, April 8, 2016

G is for gratuities

It's April so we are joining thousands of other bloggers and are participating in the A-Z challenge. For the A-Z challenge this year our theme is "the A-Z of cruising" where we will provide some hints and knowledge about cruising on the open ocean. If you missed any of our previous posts check out the links at the end of the post.

One expense that is not included on your cruise ticket is gratuities. Most cruise lines will add this to your onboard bill and it varies from $12-15 per person per day. This amount is split between your room steward, dining room wait staff and other staff. Many of these people work extremely hard and long hours and depend on tips to earn a decent living. You do receive great service while on board and is well worth the money you tip and you have the option to change the amount you tip if desired. Having it billed and paid in one spot is convenient and saves you from have to have cash to tip at each meal or leave for your room steward each day. 

When buying beverages there is an automatic 15% gratuity added to the bill. You have the option to leave more if you want. 

That's pretty much it for tipping on board. Come back tomorrow to learn more about how to pay for items on board.

Missed one or more of our A-Z of cruising posts? Catch up by clicking on the links below:


  1. I like to tip because I used to work for tips but I do wish it wasn't necessary. Great G!

  2. I've never taken a cruise. Thanks for some things to consider.
    Beth Lapin
    Activities for a Good Life

  3. You made an article that is interesting.


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