We look forward to welcoming you onboard for your upcoming Royal Caribbean International cruise vacation!
As you prepare to set sail, we wanted to notify you of a change to our gratuity policy. As of March 1, 2013, Royal Caribbean will add an automatic daily gratuity of $12.00 USD ($14.25 USD for Suite guests) to the onboard account of each guest to be shared by Dining Services Staff, Stateroom Attendants and Other Housekeeping Services Personnel that work to enhance your cruise. This gratuity replaces our previously recommended gratuity guidelines.
If you have already prepaid gratuities for your upcoming cruise, this policy change will not affect you. Accordingly, we will not apply the daily gratuity to your account while you are onboard. If you have not prepaid your gratuities, you will see the daily automatic gratuity applied to your onboard SeaPass account during your upcoming cruise.
Please contact your travel agent with any questions and thank you for choosing to cruise with us.
Not necessary. The cover charge for the specialty dining venues includes the tip.
That's true, but I've never been sure who actually got the included gratuity. So, I always leave a $10 bill. If we're using the BOGO coupon (at Chops), that's two very nice meals for $40. Hard to get that around here. I do the same at Portofino.
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2016
Serenade of the Seas b2b January 2017
I am actually fine with this process, much easier all around and the staff will get what they earned. My last cruise on Allure of the seas, they included it with your final payment, so there was no need to worry about having to pay it at the end of the cruise. And yes, the service was excellent as always.
I don't have a problem with auto tipping. Makes it simple and you know your cost upfront. Regardless if u eat in dining room every night; the wait staff was depending on you to show up. The housekeeping staff are normally worth their weight and go above and beyond to keep everything tidy in your stateroom.
Freedom of the Seas Dec 11
Allure of the Seas: Jan 11
Voyager of the Seas: May 09
Splendour of the Seas: May 07
Explorer of the Seas: Jan 04
Majesty of the Seas Jan 99
This policy is fine with me also. On our last cruise (December '12) RCI had already done away with the Envelops. We always prepay our gratuities so all we received was a letter from the purser stating that this is the new paperless tipping. No vouchers and no envelops. On our last night the staff knew who tipped and they thanked us. I see they modified this paperless policy too. That's fine.
I like prepaying. The less I spend ON the cruise the better. I also like to be able to tip a little more to those who do something special for us or make our cruise more enjoyable. Having been waiter at one time I know how a little extra to go a long way!
Carnival Fascination 11/01/04, 5N
Crown Princess 3/27/10, 7N RCCL Oasis of the Seas 10/20/12, 7N
Celebrity Silhouette 2/09/14 7N
RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 12/01/14, 11N
NCL Epic 3/8/15 7N
NCL Escape 2/13/16 7N
Carnival Vista 11/18/16 11N
Harmony of the Seas ??/??/16 7N
While I did enjoy handing out the envelopes I think this is a good move. It still does not prevent you from giving someone a little extra when they deserve it.
Splendour of the Seas 97
Serenade of the Seas 07
Liberty of the Seas 07
Jewel of the Seas 08
Caribbean Princess 11
Nieuw Amsterdam 11
Oasis of the Seas 12
Queen Elizabeth 12
Carnival Valor 13
Carnival Fantasy 14
Carnival Valor 15
I am used to this on my Princess sailings. I was suprised that I had to pay up front when I booked my upcoming cruise on the Explorer due to my time dining.
Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess July 2006, May 2010 & November 2012
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004
I'm happy they not only went paperless but upped the amount a bit. I started bringing little thank you notes a while back and use them for additional cash tips and the chance to say specifically what I appreciated.