Royal Caribbean is raising the amount that passengers will be charged each day for gratuities.
Effective for all cruises departing on or after May 1, 2016, passengers will now be charged the following each day:
- Standard staterooms (inside, oceanview, balcony) – $13.50 per day (previously $12.95)
- Suites – $16.50 per day (previously $15.95)
This 55 cents per day increase ($3.85 per passenger on a 7 night cruise) will not apply to guests who have prepaid gratuities before April 14, 2016. The automatic gratuities will be charged daily to each passengers SeaPass account and will cover their room steward, servers at all meals, and a few crew members who work behind the scenes.
Royal Caribbean has the following on their website under “adjusted automatic gratuity amount”: Effective on cruises departing on or after May 1, 2016, Royal Caribbean will automatically add a $13.50 USD gratuity for standard staterooms, $16.50 USD for Suite guests, to each guest’s SeaPass® account on a daily basis. This gratuity replaces our previously recommended gratuity guidelines($12.95 USD standard statrooms, $15.95 USD for Suite guests), and will apply to all guests who did not prepay gratuities before April 14, 2016. The new daily gratuity amount is $0.55 USD more than the previously recommended daily gratuity amount.