Princess stated that the reason for the rise in prices was to ensure that the guest service on board remains among the best in the cruise industry. Starting on all voyages departing on or after December 15, 2016, daily gratuities will be as follows:
- $13.50 USD per guest per day for regular staterooms (interior, oceanview and balcony) – an increase of $0.55.
- $14.50 USD per guest per day for mini-suites (including Club Class) – an increase of $0.55.
- $15.50 USD per guest per day for suites – an increase of $1.55.
All passengers who currently have cruises booked can prepay their daily gratuities at the current amount up until midnight on November 15, 2016. Daily gratuities are automatically charged to each passengers on board account and are split between their room stewards, servers for meals, and a few behind the scenes employees who make cruises so enjoyable.