Welcome to the ultimate guide to onboard tipping. On this page, you'll find information on cruise line gratuity policies, an op-ed from a cruise insider -- warning: you may not agree with everything he says -- and answers to the most common questions on tipping. If any of your gratuity-related queries remain unanswered, shoot us an e-mail.
Cruise Line Tipping Policies Tipping Points: Onboard Gratuity Q&A
- I've Paid $30 -- Do I Have to Tip at the For-Fee Specialty Restaurant?
- Will I Get Bad Service if I Opt Out of Auto-Gratuities?
- I'm Cruising Single and Paying Double ... Should I Be Tipping Double?
- Seven Times When You Shouldn't Tip
- Do I Tip the Head Waiter or Maitre d'?
- Have You Tipped a Crewmember Who's Gone Above and Beyond?
There are few cruise topics more discussed among novice cruisers and old salts alike than tipping: when to tip, how much to tip, whom to tip. Having sailed on more than 105 cruises, let me weigh in on the discussion. Read our insider's take on tipping.
Poll Position: How Do You Tip?
Do you pre-pay, add the expense to your onboard bill, stuff cash in envelopes on the last night ... or refrain from tipping all together? See how 2,600 readers pay the tipping tab. Then tell us your style.
Poll Position: How Much Do You Tip, Anyhow?
Sure, cruise lines recommend specific amounts for each crewmember, but do you pay them, increase them or decrease them? See what more than 2,500 other cruisers had to say here.