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Gratuities can really vary with cruise line, some from a required added service charge to others with no tipping at all. It is always best to know beforehand how much Gratuities are so that you can add this into your budget when planning your cruise.

Cruise LineHow Much Per Day Per AdultConverted in GBP *How Much Per Day Per ChildConverted in GBP *Ways to PayAdditional Charges
Azamara Club Cruises Onboard service charges for stateroom attendants, dining room and bar staff included - - - - 18% on Spa service Gratuities
Carnival Cruises $11.50 £7.50 $11.50 under 2's are free £7.50 under 2's are free Pre pay, Auto 15% on Drinks
Celebrity Cruises $11.50, $12 Concierge and Aqua class $15 for suites. £7.50, £8 Concierge and Aqua class £10 for suites $11.50, $12 Concierge and Aqua class $15 for suites. £7.50, £8 Concierge and Aqua class £10 for suites Pre pay, Auto 15% on Drinks and Beauty treatments
Costa Cruises

€7 cruises upto 8 day or €6 longer sailings. varies from $9 to $11 on Caribbean/far east cruisesaries from $9 to $11 on Caribbean/far east cruises

£5.75 cruises upto 8 day or £4.90 longer sailings. varies from £7.50 to £9 on Caribbean/far east cruisesaries from £7.50 to £9 on Caribbean/far east cruises

no charge under age of 14. 14 to 17 years pay 50% adult charge. €3.50 cruises upto 8 day or €3 longer sailings. varies from €4.50 to €5.50 on Caribbean/far east cruisesaries

no charge under age of 14. 14 to 17 years pay 50% adult charge. £2.80 cruises upto 8 day or £2.45 longer sailings. varies from £3.70 to £4.50 on Caribbean/far east cruisesaries Auto -
Cruise & Maritime £5 or £4 on more than 16 nights duration - No children allowed on Marco Polo - Auto -
Crystal Included - - - - -
Cunard $11.50 Britannia categories & $13.50 Grill categories £7.37 Britannia categories & £8.65 Grill categories $11.50 Britannia categories and $13.50 Grill categories £7.37 Britannia categories & £8.65 Grill categories Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks and Beauty treatments
Disney $12 £7.50 $12 £7.50 Pre pay, Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks
Fred Olsen £4 - £4 - Auto, Personally -
Hebridean Included - - - - -
Holland America Line $11 £7 $11 £7 Auto, personally 15% on Drinks
Hurtigruten No tipping policy. It is at your discretion - - - - -
Island Cruises Included - - - - -
MSC Med Cruises of 8 nights or less €7. 9 nights or more €6 Med Cruises of 8 nights or less £5.75. 9 nights or more £5

Med cruises of 8 nights or less €3.5 and 9 nights or more €3. Children under 14 no service charge applied.

Med cruises of 8 nights or less £2.80 and 9 nights or more £2.50. Children under 14 no service charge applied. Auto 15% on Drinks
NCL $12 £7.50 $12. No charge for under 3's £7.50. No charge for under 3's Pre pay, Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks and 18% on Spa
Oceania $13.50 and $18.50 for suites. For sailings from Europe 2013 then they change to $14.50 and $20.50 for suites £8.60 and £11.80 for suites. For sailings from Europe 2013 then they change to £9.30 and £13 for suites $13.50 and $18.50 for suites. For sailings from Europe 2013 then they change to $14.50 and $20.50 for suites £8.60 and £11.80 for suites. For sailings from Europe 2013 then they change to £9.30 and £13 for suites Auto, Personally 18% on Drinks and Spa services
P&O Cruises £3.95 - £3.95. No charge for under 12's - Auto, Personally -
Pullmantur

€72 for 7 nights

£59 for 7 nights

€72 for 7 nights. No charge for under 2's

£59 for 7 nights. No charge for under 2's - -
Princess Cruises $11.50 and $12 for mini suites and suites £7.50 and £7.80 for mini suites and suites $11.50 and $12 for mini suites and suites £7.50 and £7.80 for mini suites and suites Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks and Beauty treatments
Regent Included - - - - -
Royal Caribbean $11.65 and $13.90 for suites £7.50 and £9 for suites $11.65 and $13.90 for suites £7.50 and £9 for suites Pre pay, Auto 15% on Bar and Spa services
Seabourn Included - - - - -
Seadream Included - - - - -
Silversea Included - - - - -
Star Clipper

€8

£6.50

€8

£6.50 Personally -
Swan Hellenic Included - - - - -
Thomson Included - - - - -
Voyages of Discovery Included - - - - -
Voyages to Antiquity Included - - - - 12.5% for Drinks
Windstar $12 £7.60 $12 £7.60 Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks
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Service with a smile for pre paid gratuities
Fitness Class

Sterling Comparisons

Once all the featured cruise lines had been converted into GBP (British Pounds) we could clearly compare the price of gratuities. As you can see, P&O Cruises have the cheapest tips for adults and they also don't charge for children under 12.

Top Class Service

The gratuities go to the workers in all areas of the ships to reward them for their quality service to the passengers on board.
Although some cruise lines do include tips we decided to compare the ones that don't include them.


Still have some questions about Gratuities? Watch our Guide to Cruising Gratuities

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