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Tipping crew members and staff has long been a tradition associated with cruising. Guests who are new to cruising can be in for a shock when they realise, just how much of an extra charge is added to their account, and guests who cruise on a regular basis can get lost with each cruise lines tipping policy

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Gratuities are at the discretion of the guest, and the cruise line advise that guests can tip an amount that is comfortable to them, under the recommended daily amount set by the cruise line. Of course, guests can decide not to tip and are advised to contact guest services, however this is not encouraged.

Adding to the confusion, are the varying amounts from one cruise line to another, usually the US lines charge the highest rates, starting at around $13.00 per person, per day. A typical family of four on a two week cruise would see around $728.00 (£560.00) added to their account, which can be very off putting

Comparing tips to UK companies such as P&O Cruises, who charge around £6.50 per person, per day, with children under the age of 12 years, not being included in the tipping policy

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Guests who enjoy premium staterooms, or suites can be subject to a higher rate of gratuities, to account for added extras and services, and in some cases, the services of a butler

There are some cruise lines that offer gratuities within the cruise fare, including Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, and Silversea

It has been argued that cruise lines should absorb the cost of tips into the cruise fare overall like some premium cruise lines, such as Crystal and Seabourn and Azamara. In April 2017, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the whole fleet will include not only gratuities, but a beverage package within the cost of the fare, with this in mind, will other cruise lines follow suit?

On average, here is what can be expected to pay on some well known cruise lines:

Carnival Cruise Line – $12.95 per person per day, up to $13.95 per person per day for suite guests

Celebrity Cruises – $13.50 per person per day up to $17.00 per person per day for suite guests

Cruise & Maritime Voyages – £5.00 per person per day, this reduces to £4.00 per person per day on sailings with a duration of more than 16 nights

Cunard – $11.50 per person per day, up to $13.50 per person per day for suite guests

Disney Cruise Line – A set $12.00 per person per day across all stateroom grades

Fred Olsen – £4.00 per person per day, chargeable for all guests over the age of 12

Holland America Line – $13.50 per person per day up to $15.00 per person per day for suite guests

MSC Cruises – Charges differ between the age of the guests, and the itinerary. For example on a Mediterranean cruise, guests aged 13 years plus would pay 9.00EUR per day, children aged 3 years to 10 years would pay 4.50EUR per day, and children under the age of 3 years, would pay nothing

Oceania Cruises – $16.00 per person per day, up to $23.00 per person per day for suite guests

Princess Cruises – $13.50 per person per day, up to $15.50 per person per day for suite guests

Royal Caribbean – $13.50 per person per day, up to $16.50 per person per day for suite guests

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Still relatively cheaper than most Cruise lines, P&O have decided to raise their gratuities from £5.00 per person per day to £6.00 per person per day.

P&O like their gratuity policy to be known as a Service Reward Programme.

The increase has just launched fleet wide and is payable by passengers aged 12 and above.

With P&O unlike some of her competitors the gratuities cannot be prepaid and are added on to your account to be paid at the end of your cruise.

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As it is still not compulsory to pay gratuities with them, when checking in on board you can request that none are added on to your account and you opt to pay as you go along. In many cases some passengers do prefer to tip whom they wish. Please just remember gratuities are a simple way to ensure the ships crew are fairly rewarded for the great service they provide. From restaurant staff and buffet staff to cabin stewards and butlers

With today’s exchange rates especially on cruise ships who deal in dollars and euros I would highly recommend on pre paying them at the time of the booking.

P&O have also stated that on top of the £6.00 per person per day charge, passengers can still reward extra to any member of staff.

Have you ever thought about  increasing  the daily recommended tipping amount from £6.00 a day to whatever amount you wish? Just visit the reception desk on board and ask

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I’ve put together a list of other cruise lines charge compared to P&O (Please note the below are only a guide and can change at anytime):

Royal Caribbean $13.50 per day

Celebrity $13.50 per day

Norwegian Cruise Line $13.50 per day

MSC charge 8 .50 Euros per day for Europe and $12.00 per day for the Caribbean

Princess Cruises $13.50 per day.

With a P&O Cruise the choice is yours, because this is the life

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Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1). That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

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I thought I would tackle this subject with you as I know it has a marmite effect!

There is no in between ground with this topic and there are clear views from both sides. Personally I am in the ‘For’ camp and I wanted to give you my opinion on why this is.

With the financial climate as it is at the moment the benefits to pre paying will put some extra money in your pocket so it is worth a read if you would like some extra spending money on your cruise!

It is not always possible to pre pay with some cruise lines e.g P&O, Princess Cruises, Cunard and Holland America, to name a few, however with those that do give you the option think about this……

The rate of exchange for both the Euro and US Dollar at the moment is very low in comparison to what we have been used to. At present a lot of the American cruise lines are adjusting their prices accordingly, which has seen prices increase a few percent over the recent weeks. Gratuities are sure to follow this trend at some point in the future!

I noticed that this year alone one particular line, that will remain nameless, increased their gratuities 3 times over the year! WOW!

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The average amount per day that is recommended is $13.50 per person or 8 Euros for the likes of Costa and MSC.

( This will depend on your category of stateroom with some cruise lines )

As an example; A 10 night sailing with an American cruise line, i.e Celebrity Cruises, will cost approx. £92 per person to pre pay gratuities whilst if left until on board will cost $135 per person which is the equivalent of £103.

This is IF the gratuity remains at $13.50 per day. If these increase before you sail, which is likely following current trends, you will pay the prevailing rate which will cost even more!

Once pre paid you lock in that rate, so if the gratuity amount increases it will not affect you at all. Bonus!

We all love to save money where we can, especially for our holidays, so It is worth considering this option on your next cruise, should you have the opportunity.

There are so many crew members you come in to contact with on board, and also those behind the scenes, it is impossible to give a little something to everyone you meet as a thank you for their hard work and service.

This is the reason I like to pre pay, so I feel that I have contributed equally to everyone, at the cruise lines recommended amount but saving myself a little money in the process! I always give a little extra to those ‘favourites’ we all end up finding on our cruise but in my opinion they are worth every penny!

 

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Email or call me to discuss your dream cruise: natalie@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2506

It’s been a long time coming but one of the biggest annoyances for British cruise passengers – pre-paying gratuities – is no longer an mandatory charge on Celebrity Cruise Lines or Royal Caribbean.

In the past their policy has always been that if you chose the ‘Anytime’ dining option then the gratuities must be pre-paid at the time of the booking. This is because, according to the cruise lines, that as you would be dining at different times then you may have a different waiter and different table every night.  Whilst many passengers understood this, others have refused to go on the cruise if there was no other option.

What was worse though is often Celebrity or Royal Caribbean would only show availability the flexible dining times on cruises that had only just been released, forcing passengers to paying gratuities at the time of booking. The problem would be even worse if you have young children as they were also charged full price for the gratuities.

Now however, you can choose any dining option, including the anytime dining and choose to pre-pay or not pre-pay gratuities.  The choice is down now to customer’s own personal preference.

At the moment though, unless you are the type of cruisers who likes to tip in person then I would still recommend that you pre-pay your gratuities. If you don’t then the cruise line will add $13.00pp per night to your on board account which is, at the current exchange rate, is about £9.50. If you pre pay then it is only £8.35 per night and whilst it doesn’t sound much on a 10 night cruise that would be a saving of £11.50pp

What do you think about this news? Has pre paying ever put you off booking a cruise? As always I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

If you are interested in booking a cruise the you can call me to discuss on 0161 798 2520 or e-mail jon@cruiseclubuk.com

Did you know here at Cruise Club UK we have a Loyalty Bonus Scheme. Book your chosen cabin type and you can receive up to 50 Bonus Points (1 Point = £1) That’s a saving of up to £50 off your next cruise booked with us.  

Norwegian Cruise Lines have announced that passengers won’t be able to remove or change their service charge (gratuities, tips) that’s added onto your cabin bill whilst still on board. These can only be adjusted by contacting guest relations on return of their cruise!

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At present you can choose to have these removed during your sailing, which is what a lot of people choose to do. However by bringing this new policy into place I feel it’s a good thing. Your not just tipping the staff who have given you good service, but all the staff from waiters to behind the scenes crew.

 

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