Cruise Gratuities – How Much?

Tipping on a cruise, how much will it cost me?  It is one of those questions I occasionally get asked by customers and I have to admit i do not know each individual amount for every cruise line so I do have to refer to a list I have saved on my laptop.  Tipping amounts are something you have to take in to account when budgeting for your cruise because it can add up.

I have compiled the current list of cruise line gratuities for some of the main lines, please bear in mind these can change as cruise lines do constantly review their policies.  Check the cruise lines websites for further information.

Also worth mentioning, guests in suites do pay more – again check the individual cruise lines websites for further information.

 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line : $13.50 per person per day

Celebrity Cruises : $13.50 per person per day

Cunard :  $11.50 per person per day

P&O Cruises : $11.50 per person per day

Princess Cruises : $13.95 per person per day

Carnival Cruises : $12.95 per person per day

Cruise & Maritime Voyages : £5 per person per day

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines : £5 per person per day

Holland America Line: $13.50 per person per day

Norwegian Cruise Line: Included in the fare

MSC Cruises : 9 Euro per person per day

Thomson Cruises : Included in the fare

Oceania Cruises : $15 per person per day

Many of the six star cruises include gratuities within the fare also some of the river cruise companies include them.

So thats the list of the main cruise lines – I know some people do not agree with tipping, but it is part and parcel of cruising and as long as you are fully aware of the costs there are no surprises.  The staff are definitely worth it because in my opinion the service at sea is some of the best I have encountered.



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I have now been at for nearly 6 years.  I have worked in Travel for over 17 years and my last position before joining as a SPECIALIST CRUISE CONSULTANT was Assistant Sales Manager at a well known independent cruise specialist call centre. I made the move to because…

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