October 19, 2018
(8:55 a.m. EDT) -- Effective December 1, 2018 Carnival Cruise Line will be raising its recommended onboard gratuities by up to $2 per person, per day for some passengers.
The new gratuity amount for non-suite passengers will be $13.99 per person, per day, up $1.04 from the current rate, while the new service charge for those staying in suites will be $15.99 per person, per day, up $2.04.
Cruisers who have already a cruise booked may visit the line's website to pre-pay their gratuities online prior to December 1, at the current rate.
According to Carnival, 100 percent of the gratuities go to the shipboard crew; the breakdown is as follows: $4.35 for the housekeeping team ($6.35 for suites), $6.89 for the dining team and $2.75 for alternative services (behind the scenes staff).
"They work hard to provide exceptional and friendly service, so we hope you will agree that this minor increase is well deserved," the line wrote in a letter to travel agents and booked passengers.
Cruisers may adjust their gratuities onboard if they are unhappy with the service they've received.
The last time Carnival raised its gratuities was September 1, 2016. The line most recently raised its Faster to the Fun cost on one ship.
Carnival's service hike follows Holland America's announcement that its service fees were going up immediately.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor