When a passenger purchases a beverage on Carnival, they will now be charged an 18% gratuity, up from 15%. This new rate increase also applies to those who purchase the CHEERS! beverage package. Carnival’s website has been updated and now shows these new rates.
In addition to the beverage gratuity rate increase, passengers who choose to dine at the Chef’s Table will also see a gratuity increase to 18%.
These new gratuity rates put Carnival Cruise Line on par other cruise lines that charge 18% include Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line has a 20% gratuity charge on all drinks.
A month ago, Cruise Fever reported that Carnival Cruise Line is raising the daily gratuity charges on their cruise ships. The new rates are scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, December 1, 2018 and will be as follows:
- Standard staterooms : $13.99 per day, per person
- Suites: $15.99 per day, per person
This is an increase of $1.04 per person, per day for standard staterooms and $2.04 per person, per day for suites. These recommended gratuities are automatically billed to onboard accounts unless they are prepaid before the cruise.
Carnival Cruise Line’s daily gratuities are broken down between the following team members:
- Housekeeping team – $4.35 per day, $6.35 for suites
- Dining Team – $6.89 per day
- Alternative Services – $2.75 per day
This is the first increase in gratuity amounts by Carnival Cruise Line since June 2016. The cruise line previous raised gratuities in July 2014 and November 2011.