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The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide
The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide (Photo: doomu/Shutterstock)

The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide

The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide
The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide (Photo: doomu/Shutterstock)
Elissa Garay
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Welcome to the Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide, where we answer all your questions about cruise gratuities. Are you curious about a particular cruise line's tipping policy -- how much you'll pay and whether tips are automatically added to your onboard account? Do you want to brush up on your tipping etiquette, learning when it's appropriate to reward a particular crew member who's gone above and beyond for you? Or perhaps you've been underwhelmed by the service and need to find the least awkward way of reducing your tip from the standard amount.

From information on gratuities added to spa and bar bills to the crew members you should never tip, here's everything you need to know about tipping on a cruise in one handy guide.

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Updated January 08, 2020

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