Cruise NewsPrincess CruisesPrincess Cruises Raising Daily Gratuities on May 21, 2019

Princess Cruises Raising Daily Gratuities on May 21, 2019

Princess Cruises is raising the prices of their daily gratuities that are charged onboard their cruise ships. The cruise line sent out an email to travel agents informing them up the upcoming increase next month.

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Princess Cruises said the reason for the hike in daily gratuities was so that they can “ensure the guest service on board remains among the best in the cruise industry”. The cruise line will increase its daily gratuities on all voyages departing on or after May 21, 2019.

The daily gratuity amount will increase by $1, and will be as follows:

  • Interior/Oceanview/Balcony — $14.50 USD per guest, per day
  • Mini suites (including Club Class) — $15.50 USD per guest, per day
  • Full Suites — $16.50 USD per guest, per day

Additionally, booked passengers have the opportunity to prepay their daily gratuities at the current gratuity amount through May 14, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Princess went on to say that the gratuity rate increase is comparable to cruise industry standards and underlines their commitment to reward our crew for the excellent service provided to their cruise passengers.

This is the first increase in gratuities from Princess Cruises since December 2016.

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Cruise NewsPrincess CruisesPrincess Cruises Raising Daily Gratuities on May 21, 2019


  1. I hate making typos…..”face” should be “fact”, “other aunt” should be “older aunt”…Should also be “from the invoice”. Can you tell that I was a proof reader in a past life, lol?

  2. We never pay and never will once on board we like many others go to the pursers office and tell them we will tip who we like please remove the gratuities from our cabin and they do..its as simply as that.

    • Did not know that was possible…..In face, I am almost sure that the cruise we are doing in August offered free gratuities…I factored that in when I booked. I received this email regarding the increase.

      I think what annoys me is that the fee is per person…and we are traveling with my husband’s other aunt in a mini-suite. We are not messy and clean up after ourselves in the bathroom, etc.

      Is the pursers’ office snarky when you go to request that they remove the gratuities the invoice? Do you do it at the beginning of the cruise or after?



  3. It is very hard to get accessible cabins. I do not think there are enough for the growing population of people who require these needs.

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