It’s Day 2 of Tipping Week, during which we’re tackling your most pressing concerns about onboard gratuities. Today we’re answering a question about one of the most overlooked demographics in cruising: the solo cruiser. On Cruise Critic’s Facebook page, Rosemary Kennedy Manning asks: “If I travel as a single, do I tip my cabin steward(s) for one person or two?”
Good question. In a mainstream cruising world of double occupancy, the single cruiser is almost always required to pay a single supplement. In other words, 150 to 200 percent of the fare. Tough on the wallet to be sure, but the good news is that when you cruise alone, you don’t have to tip for two. According to reps from Royal Caribbean, Oceania and Norwegian Cruise Line, all passengers are equal when it comes to gratuities. “Of course, if they feel the service is exceptional, they can always tip extra,” said NCL spokeswoman Amanda Graham.
You have questions, we have answers: Check out our Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Tipping, which we’ll be adding to all week.