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    Royal Caribbean Gratuities Increase effective January 2nd

    Hi All

    Apologies if posted already.

    Royal follow Celebrity with same increase in gratuities.

    I wonder which cruise lines is next?

    For a 14 day cruise family 4, that is a chunk of change.

    Curious if that would make you reconsider cruise lines?

    Annie

    #2
    Or as in previous threads, consider/or remove gratuities and tip personally, or not as the case may be.

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      #3
      I factor in the cost of grats when booking; I know what the daily charge is and therefore how much to 'budget' for at the end of the cruise.

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        #4
        That's odd, I haven't had notification yet. I'm booked on RCI in February, and again in June.
        2018-
        Queen Victoria - Mediterranean Explorer

        2019 -
        NCL Getaway - Norway and Iceland
        Adventure of the Seas - Fall Foliage

        2020 -
        Jewel of the Seas - Abu Dhabi & Dubai
        Magellan - Panama Canal

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          #5
          Originally posted by Yogini, Waterlooville View Post
          That's odd, I haven't had notification yet. I'm booked on RCI in February, and again in June.
          According to the threads on cc, your situation is not odd. Many have not been informed.

          Annie

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            #6
            As most know my thoughts on this so no comment, BUT hope you all have a peaceful and happy Chrisrmas and after the new year we'll start the "friendly " discussion on grats. With new vigour ☃☃☃☃☃

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              #7
              Gratuities are one element of a cruise cost, what matters to us is the total cost of the holiday from the moment we lock the front door to when we unlock it on our return.

              John

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                #8
                Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
                Hi All

                Apologies if posted already.

                Royal follow Celebrity with same increase in gratuities.

                I wonder which cruise lines is next?

                For a 14 day cruise family 4, that is a chunk of change.

                Curious if that would make you reconsider cruise lines?

                Annie
                That's nearly £700 for me and mine in gratuities alone for a fortnight in one cabin.

                If a 4 berth is at full capacity for a year that's over £18,000 in gratuities.

                If a mega ship has 5000 cabins (2000 family & 3000 double/single cabins on each ship) that's £36 million in family and £27 million other cabins

                That's £63 MILLION in tips ... FOR ONE SHIP

                MERRY CHRISTMAS

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                  #9
                  Which ship(s) has 5000 cabins?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
                    Which ship(s) has 5000 cabins?
                    My bad, I'm confusing passengers with cabins, still £30+ MILLION is still ALOT of gratuities.

                    Please accept my sincere apologies, I shall cut back on the sherry (next year)

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by ROSEBASKETS, Yorkshire View Post
                      My bad, I'm confusing passengers with cabins, still £30+ MILLION is still ALOT of gratuities.

                      Please accept my sincere apologies, I shall cut back on the sherry (next year)
                      $15pppd on 5000 capacity ship will around $30m on declared occupancy at 110%

                      its a big number because it is a big ship with a lot of people that get a share.

                      That same ship will be generating £450-£500 million in revenue.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
                        $15pppd on 5000 capacity ship will around $30m on declared occupancy at 110%

                        its a big number because it is a big ship with a lot of people that get a share.

                        That same ship will be generating £450-£500 million in revenue.
                        Mind you, a ship like 'Symphony of the Seas' must have some very big overheads (fuel etc.) and cost $1.35 billion to build.

                        I wonder how long it takes such a mega-ship to break even?
                        See my cruise blog: HERE

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