Carnival Cruise Line is the latest cruise line to raise gratuities and the new rates will go into effect on all sailings that depart on or after September 1, 2016.
This is the first time that Carnival has raised gratuities since October 9, 2014 when they were raised by 50 cents a day. The new rates will be as follows:
- Inside, oceanview, balcony staterooms – $12.95 per day per passenger ($.95 a day increase)
- Suites – $13.95 per day per passenger
- Passengers under two years old are not required to extend gratuities
Passengers who prepay gratuities by May 9, 2016 will not be affected by the increase.
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Suite guests will also now receive enhanced turndown service, priority tender service, complimentary in-suite bottled water, and one complimentary bag of laundry per sailing. This is an addition to priority embarkation and debarkation and confirmed main dining room preference.
Gratuities will automatically be added to each guest’s onboard Sail & Sign account as a convenience. Since tipping is at their discretion, they are free to adjust, up or down, as they deem appropriate after they are posted to their onboard account.
The gratuities are divided up between the dining room staff, stateroom steward, and other kitchen, entertainment, guest services, and hotel staff members.