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Cruise Line Tipping Policies: Big-Ship Lines
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Carnival Cruise Lines
The Process: Carnival automatically adds an $11.50 per-person, per-day, gratuity to onboard accounts (starting October 9, 2014, that amount goes up to $12.00). The amount does not apply to passengers younger than 2.

Alternatives: Passengers who want to adjust the amount of their gratuity in either direction can do so at the guest services desk. There are two exceptions. According to the line's website FAQs, for "cruises to nowhere" -- short cruises that do not visit a port -- gratuities must be prepaid.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills.

Celebrity Cruises
The Process: Celebrity Cruises automatically adds gratuities to the onboard Seapass account. The "suggested" gratuities added to your account will be $12 per day, per passenger ($12.50 for Concierge Class and AquaClass cruisers). There is also a $3.50 per-person, per-day surcharge for your butler if you're in a suite. Note: Passengers who choose "Celebrity Select Dining" before their cruises are required to prepay gratuities (prior to boarding).

Alternatives: If you wish to adjust the amount you pay, this can be done onboard at guest relations.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills.

Costa Cruises
The Process: Costa has varied charges depending on where you cruise. In Europe, Dubai, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and Caribbean cruises departing from non-U.S. ports, there is a charge of 8 euros per person, per day for all cruise lengths. For Caribbean cruises departing from the U.S. and for Far East cruises, there is a charge of $11 per person, per day. For world cruises aboard Costa Deliziosa, the fee is 7 euros per person, per day. For transatlantic and repositioning cruises, there is a charge of 8 euros per person, per day. Finally, for South America cruises and spring transatlantics, the fee is $11 per person, per day. All gratuities are added automatically to each passenger's onboard account. There is no charge for children younger than 4. Passengers 4 to 14 will be charged 50 percent of the gratuities.

Alternatives: Be warned -- Costa states that "the service charge is an integral part of the total price of the cruise and therefore the amount cannot be altered."

Extra Charges: You are not expected or required to tip any extra while onboard.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages
The Process: Cruise & Maritime Voyages automatically adds gratuities to the onboard account. A total of £5 per person, per night (£4 per person for cruises greater than 16 nights) will be added and will be distributed to cabin stewards and restaurant staff.

Alternatives: If you wish to adjust the amount you pay, this can be done by contacting the reception desk toward the end of the cruise.

Extra Charges: There are no extra charges.

Cunard Line
The Process: Cunard charges $11.50 per person, per day, to the shipboard account of passengers in Britannia accommodations. The amount is $13.50 for passengers in Grill Class accommodations. This charge is for adults and children.

Alternatives: To adjust the amount of your automatic tips or to tip independently, see the purser's office.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to all bar bills. Casino dealers and spa personnel do not receive a cut of these fees, so if you utilize these services, consider tipping deserving staff.

Disney Cruise Line
The Process: Disney Cruise Line's recommended gratuities are $4 per person (adult or child), per day, for the dining room server; $3 per person, per day, for the assistant server; $1 per person, per day, for the head server; and $4 per person, per day, for the room steward. All bar, pool deck and coffee bar drinks have a 15 percent gratuity added to the bill. Spa gratuities are not added and are left to the discretion of each passenger. It is suggested that cruisers tip a couple dollars for room service as it's delivered. Tips can either be prepaid up to three days prior to the start of your sailing or will be automatically charged to onboard accounts.

Alternatives: To adjust the amount of your automatic tips or to tip independently, see the purser's office.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to bar, beverage, wine and deck service tabs.

Fred. Olsen Cruises
The Process: Gratuities are entirely at the discretion of each passenger. The recommended amount -- £4 per adult passenger, per day, to be divided equally between the cabin stewardesses and waiters -- is added automatically to passengers' onboard accounts toward the end of the cruise, but it can be adjusted at reception at any point during the sailing.

Alternatives: Passengers are at liberty to tip members of staff personally if they wish to do so, and envelopes for this purpose are available at reception.

Extra Charges: None apply. All bar bill gratuities are included in the cost of the drink.

Holland America Line
The Process: Holland America automatically charges $11.50 per day to each passenger's shipboard account (including children). Passengers occupying suites will be charged $12 per day. This amount is pooled among the service staff.

Alternatives: See the front desk if you wish to adjust your automatic gratuities.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to bar and dining room wine purchases.

MSC Cruises
The Process: MSC Cruises' auto-gratuity varies by destination and onboard currency. The line automatically charges $12 per night to each adult passenger's shipboard account for Caribbean cruises and eastbound grand voyages, and $6 per night for children 3 and older; on westbound grand voyages, the fee is 6 euros per person, per night, and 3 euros per night for children 14 and older.

For Europe (Mediterranean, Canaries and Northern Europe) cruises, as well as "Antilles" and "Emirates" voyages, the charge is 7 euros per person, per night, and 3.5 euros per night for children 14 and older for cruises of 8 nights or less. For cruises 9 nights or more to these destinations, as well as grand voyages to the Antilles and Emirates, the charge is 6 euros per person, per night, and 3 euros per night for children 14 and older.

The fee for South Africa cruises and northbound grand voyages is also $6 per night, per adult passenger, and $3 per night, per child 3 and older. For southbound grand voyages, the fee is 6 euros per adult passenger, per night, and 3 euros per child 14 and older, per night.

For South America cruises and eastbound grand voyages cruises, the fee is $9 per adult passenger, per night, and $4.50 per child 3 and older per night. For westbound grand voyages, the fee is 6 euros per adult passenger, per night, and 3 euros per child 14 and older, per night.

Alternatives: MSC does not permit adjustments to the amounts listed above; however, if you deem service unsatisfactory, you can have the charges removed from your onboard account by contacting the Guest Relations manager while onboard.

Extra Charges: An automatic 15 percent gratuity is added to bar purchases. Gratuities are not added to spa bills, so passengers can tip at their discretion.

Norwegian Cruise Line
The Process: Each adult is automatically billed $12 per day to support a salary and incentive program for the service staff. There is no charge for children younger than 3.

Alternatives: Tipping above and beyond the service charge is not necessary or expected. Also, should you wish to adjust the charges, you must contact the onboard reception desk.

Extra Charges: A 15 percent gratuity is added to bar bills, and 18 percent gratuity is added to spa services. Norwegian suggests that passengers who use concierge or butler service provide a gratuity "commensurate with the services rendered."

P&O Cruises Australia
The Process: P&O Cruises Australia does not automatically add gratuities onto passengers' accounts. Cruisers can choose, at their discretion, to reward crewmembers who offer outstanding service. Travelers who wish to tip can do so by handing cash directly to the crewmembers they want to thank.

Alternatives: Passengers need not carry cash if they don't want to, as they can add the tips to their onboard accounts.

Extra Charges: None.

P&O Cruises U.K.
The Process: P&O Cruises has replaced its traditional cash-in-envelopes method of tipping with fixed-rate tipping set at £3.95 per person (ages 12 and older), per day.

Alternatives: Passengers can adjust this amount while onboard by requesting to do so at reception.

Extra Charges: P&O does not add gratuities or suggest additional tipping for other services.

Princess Cruises
The Process: Princess Cruises automatically adds $11.50 per day to each passenger's account to cover hotel and dining service. Passengers in suites or mini-suites will be charged $12 per day. The amount goes for children and adults, and it can be prepaid up to six days prior to the start of your cruise.

Alternatives: You can adjust your automatic gratuities upward or downward, or eliminate them altogether, at the purser's office.

Extra Charges: A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all bar bills. Casino and spa staff do not receive a cut of auto-gratuities.

Royal Caribbean International
The Process: Royal Caribbean automatically adds tips of $12 per person ($14.25 for suite passengers), per day, to each passenger's onboard bill. The tips, which can also be prepaid, are shared by dining services staff, cabin attendants and other housekeeping personnel. Passengers who opt for RCI's flexible "My Time Dining" must prepay gratuities. Guidelines are the same for all passengers, regardless of age.

Alternatives: Passengers who believe they've received poor service may ask guest services to reduce or remove the automatic tips while on the ship.

Extra Charges: A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all bar bills, including mini-bar, as well as salon and spa services.

Saga Cruises
The Process:There is a no tipping policy onboard Saga Cruises.

Alternatives: None.

Extra Charges: None. Saga's prices are all-inclusive.

Thomson Cruises
The Process: Tipping is not expected or required on Thomson Cruises.

Alternatives: It is not necessary to tip unless you want to.

Extra Charges: None.

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