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 Included Included Included Included Included 18% on Spa service Gratuities
Carnival Cruises $12 £8.36 $12 under 2's are free £8.36 under 2's are free Pre pay, Auto 15% on Drinks, 18% on spa treatments
Celebrity Cruises $13.50 per day, per guest in Standard staterooms $14.00 per day, per guest in Concierge Class & AquaClass® staterooms $17.00 per day, per guest in Suite Class £9.34, £9.69 for Concierge Class and Aquaclass, and £11.76 for Suite Guests $13.50 per day, per guest in Standard staterooms $14.00 per day, per guest in Concierge Class & AquaClass® staterooms $17.00 per day, per guest in Suite Class £9.34, £9.69 for Concierge Class and Aquaclass, and £11.76 for Suite Guests You can either pay on board or pre-pay your gratuities before you board. For their convenience we automatically add gratuities for restaurant and stateroom services to your guests on board SeaPass® account on a daily basis which can be adjusted at their discretion
Gratuities are shared by guests Dining & Culinary Services staff, Stateroom Attendants, Other Housekeeping Services Personnel, as well as staff from other departments who work behind the scenes to enhance the cruise experience
An 18% gratuity will be automatically added to all beverages, mini bar purchases, spa and salon services
Costa Cruises

€Cruises from Europe €8 / Cruise from caribbean & usa - $11/ World cruise €7

Cruises from Europe - £6.53/ Cruise from Caribbean & USA - £7/ World cruise - £5.55

Cruises from Europe - €4/ Cruise from Caribbean & USA - $5.50/ World cruise - €3.50

Cruises from Europe - £3.18/ Cruise from Caribbean & USA - £3.50/ World cruise - £2.28 Auto -
Cruise & Maritime £5 £5 £5 £5 Auto -
Crystal Included Included Included Included Included 18% for spa services
Cunard $11.50 Britannia categories & $13.50 Suite Passengers £7.64 Britannia categories & £8.97 Suite categories Equal to adult £7.64 Britannia categories & £8.97 Suite categories Auto 15% on Drinks
Disney $12 £7.70 $12 £7.70 Pre pay, Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks
Fred Olsen £4 £4 £4 £4 Auto, Personally -
Hebridean Included Included Included Included Included -
Holland America Line $12.50, $13.50 suite guests = $12.50, $13.50 suite guests = Auto, personally -
Hurtigruten No tipping policy. It is at your discretion - - - - -
Island Cruises Included - - - - -
MSC $12 £7.70

$6

M£3.80 pre pay, personally, Auto -
NCL $12.95 £8.75 $12.95 No charge for under 3's £8.75 No charge for under 3's Pre pay, Auto, Personally 18% on Drinks and Spa
Oceania $16 and $23 for suites. &pound10.95 and £15.74 for suites $16 and $23 for suites. &pound10.95 and £15.74 for suites Auto, Personally 18% on Drinks and Spa services
P&O Cruises £6 - £3.95. No charge for under 12's - Auto -
Pullmantur

€10.20

£8.08

€10.20

£8.08 Auto -
Princess Cruises $11.50 and $12 for mini suites and suites £7.34 and £7.70 for mini suites and suites $11.50 and $12 for mini suites and suites £7.34 and £7.70 for mini suites and suites Auto, Personally 15% on Drinks and 18% on Beauty treatments
Regent Included - - - - -
Royal Caribbean $12.95 and $15.95 grand suite and above £8.63 and £10.62 grand suite and above $12.95 and $15.95 grand suite and above £8.63 and £10.62 grand suite and above Pre pay, Auto, personally 18% on drinks
Seabourn Included - - - - -
Seadream Included - - - - -
Silversea Included - - - - -
Star Clipper

€8

£6.35

€8

£6.35 pre pay, auto, Personally -
Swan Hellenic Included - - - - -
Thomson Included - - - - -
Voyages of Discovery Included - - - - -
Voyages to Antiquity Included - - - - 12.5% for Drinks
Windstar $12 £7.70 $12 £7.70 Auto, pre pay 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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