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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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Afternoon cruisers

During my years I’ve heard many tales of cruising rituals, traditions and the little touches that make your cruise holiday perfect.

 

I thought I’d put some down in a blog. Maybe you have a ritual of your own that you would share with me?

Sail away with a fizz

  • One customer of mine ALWAYS has a bottle of the finest bubbles for every sail away.

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Lucky Mascot

I have seen many cruising mascots – even on my own cruises. Do you have your own / what’s the strangest you have seen?

A strong start to the day

I have seen this in person! A gentleman who had a shot of the ships finest Scotch every morning after his breakfast!

Collecting

Im guilty of this one – I like to pick up a miniature snow globe from every new place I visit.

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Ive also heard of fridge magnets, Tea Towels and thimbles and of course the souvenir cocktail glass!

 

Acquisitions

Yes I’ve also met passengers on ships who “acquire” items from each cruise – im pleased to say that it’s always been small items (a teaspoon, a towel and a mug) I’ve not had any large-scale criminal activity.

Schedule

Somebody (who will remain nameless) does like to know what ships are in port on the same days as themselves. Will keep an eye out for the arrival / departures of other ships. It’s great to watch a sail away – but sometimes it’s just as much fun to watch another ship sail away!

 

Sampling the local cuisine

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I once met a large group of cruisers – they were very well travelled and visiting Europe as a group of friends. Every day they would all go on shore and do their own thing. Meeting up at the sail away bar every afternoon. Their challenge was to select and gather some local delicacies.

They had cold meats, questionable seafood, fresh bread, bottles of wine and some items I can’t even imagine what was in them.

They would sit as a group and share their late lunch amongst them having a great time.

I didn’t know you could bring all those items onto the ship – but I liked their idea.

So over to you, do you have your own cruise rituals – I’d love to know

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: Andy@cruiseclubuk.com 0161 798 2514

 

Tarar for now – and happy cruising.

 

The C’apn