A family of four will pay hundreds more onboard Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean has increased the amount of money it recommends passengers give as tips per day on its cruise ships departing from July 2011. While insisting that gratuities are purely voluntary, the cruise line is requesting that passengers pay out tips of at least $11.65 (€8.81) per passenger per day while on its vessels, including the new Allure of the Seas (pictured), a rise of around 20% from the $9.75 it has previously recommended.
While not at first appearing particularly large, this would entail a family of four on a week-long cruise now paying $326.20 in tips during the voyage, an increase of $53.20. Starting from December 11, passengers buying sailings that take place from July who choose to prepay their tips during the booking process are automatically charged at the higher rate, as are those who opt for the company’s flexible dining program.
This is the first increase in suggested gratuity fees in 13 years, Royal Caribbean explains, adding that the move brings the rates into line with those of competitors. The majority of the world’s major cruise lines rely heavily on passengers’ tips to give a significant proportion of waiters’, housekeepers’ and other on-board employees’ wages.