Two major cruise lines have increased their daily tips this year, which could also be an indicator of what Royal Caribbean may be up to.
CruiseRadio announced that Carnival Cruise Line will increase its tip starting May 1, 2022.
The new free rate for Carnival will be as follows:
- Standard cabins will pay $14.50 per person, per day
- Suites will pay $16.50 per person per day
Carnival will allow anyone currently booking a cruise to lock in the old gratuity rate if they prepay gratuities before May 1, 2022. Cruises booked after May 1 will be subject to the new rate.
According to Carnival, 100% of tips are distributed to crew members, such as cabin attendants, food and culinary services staff, and other people who work behind the scenes.
Carnival’s change comes just weeks after Norwegian Cruise Line announced it would increase daily gratuities.
Since April 1, NCL has increased the amount of its gratuity as follows:
- Balcony and lower cabins: $16.00 per person, per day
- Haven and Suite guests: $20.00 per person, per day
- Club Balcony Suite guests stay at $18.00 per person per day
NCL says their tips compensate crew members alongside pay for crew members such as free restaurant staff, cabin stewards and backstage support staff.
Will Royal Caribbean do the same?
With two of Royal Caribbean’s biggest competitors changing daily tip amounts, Royal Caribbean cruise passengers may be wondering if a change is coming for them too.
Royal Caribbean hasn’t touched its tipping rate since late 2017, when it announced a change in tipping starting in 2018.
Current gratuity for Royal Caribbean is: $14.50 per person per day in non-suites. For guests in a large suite or larger, the amount is $17.50.
Just like other cruise lines, the daily tip is split between food, bar and culinary services staff, cabin attendants and other hotel service teams who work behind the scenes.
Read more: Do you have to prepay tips for a Royal Caribbean cruise?
Royal Caribbean hasn’t announced or said anything about changing tipping rates, but it’s not historically unusual for cruise lines to match each other with changes like this.
When Royal Caribbean announced a tipping change in 2017, they mentioned following other cruise lines, “Royal Caribbean is constantly reviewing our competitive environment and this adjustment positions us in line with our competitors. The additional tip collected will be paid to our crew on board”.
The good news is that Royal Caribbean has in the past done exactly what Carnival is doing now, offering passengers who booked with an existing reservation to lock in the old fare if they prepay before the new fare takes effect. new tariff.