Carnival Cruise Tips /Gratuities

By ,   November 26, 2015 ,   Ships and Lines

Carnival cruise tips and tipping policy, Carnival cruise gratuities - do you have to and to whom you give your tips. Carnival prepaid gratuities - when and how you can change the amount of tips, what goes where and who gets what from the automatic tipping charge. You'll find the rest of the "Carnival Cruise Money" story at our Carnival cruises prices hub. You can compare the Carnival's "tipping numbers" with those of the main competitor here - the new Royal Caribbean gratuities/tipping policy.

Carnival cruise tips - the tipping policy

  • tips are charged Per Person Per Day
  • Carnival cruise gratuities for children - tips don't apply to kids less than two years of age.
  • the total amount of the Carnival cruise tips per day per person, but only through October 8, 2014, is US $11,50 (implemented on December 1, 2011). The voyages which depart October 9, 2014 and onward add up a total amount of $12.00 per person, per day. On 1-night 2-day Carnival Cruises to Nowhere (round-trip sailings with no additional ports of call) the gratuities of US $11,50 ($12 on voyages 10/9/2014 onward) must be prepaid. Another exception with pre-paid gratuities are all round-trip 7-day Carnival cruises to Barbados from San Juan Puerto Rico - tips will be automatically added on booking.
  • NOTE: On April 29, 2016 Carnival Cruise Line announced that it will increase its gratuity guidelines. Carnival has advised of its intention to increase gratuities from US$12.00 to $12.95 per person per day for standard staterooms and US$13.95 per person per day for suites. The new tips are effective for sailings departing September 1 and onward. Line’s ships departing out of Australia, where tipping is not compulsory, are not affected.

Carnival prepaid gratuities

Carnival cruise prepaid gratuities - how, to whom, where

The Carnival Cruise Lines Service Tips (gratuities) are automatically charged to the guest's on-board "Sail & Sign" (S&S) account. Follows the breakdown of the tips on Carnival cruises (in USD, per day, per person) through October 8, 2014:

Carnival cruise tipping policy

  • $3,70 Cabin Services (cabin stewards)
  • $5,80 (MDR) Main Dining Room Services (wait staff)
  • $2,00 Alternative Services (kitchen, entertainment, passenger services, other hotel staff members).
  • On Carnival Cruise-To-Nowhere, the amount of gratuities PP per day is US$11,50.
  • For Carnival Barbados deals (any Carnival cruise itinerary visiting Barbados), all gratuities will be prepaid and added during booking.

As for the voyages departing October 9, 2014 and onward, the breakdown on Carnival cruises tips is following:

  • $3,90 Cabin Services (cabin stewards)
  • $6,10 (MDR) Main Dining Room Services (wait staff)
  • $2,00 Alternative Services (kitchen, entertainment, passenger services, other hotel staff members).
  • On Carnival Cruise-To-Nowhere, the amount of gratuities PP per day is US$12.
  • For Carnival Barbados deals (any Carnival cruise itinerary visiting Barbados), all gratuities will be prepaid and added during booking.

When purchasing alcohol and soda drinks on board, 15% of your bill will be automatically added to the S&S charge. You are free to tip the Room Service staff if you wish so. Your specialty restaurant dinner price (the cost of the Carnival Steakhouse dinner is currently around $35) is inclusive of gratuities, but everyone is more than welcome to add more.

If you're not satisfied with the level of service you receive while on board, you may contact the "Guest Services" desk on your ship. It's up to you to adjust the amount of tipping at any time while on board and tips will be deemed undisputed. You should know, that the Carnival service staff on board do not make a salary (their salary per month is around US $80, with about $0,15 an hour) - your gratuities are their salary. On cruise ships "tipping" does not mean "something extra" - it means "salary".

Carnival cruise tips "tips"

  • According to the Carnival cruise tipping policy, if you prefer to tip the staff personally, you can go to the guest service desk and ask to have tips removed from your S&S (Sail&Sign) card - they will ask you why and you'll tell them you prefer to tip cash, or you could also just leave the tips to them and tell them who you want to get how much. But know that if you do so, you will be short changing a few people - those are the staff who you'll never see in the behind the scenes areas that will not get their share of your tip.
  • If you have a service problem, speak first with your cabin steward, then (if the problem remains) with the hotel manager, and if the problem still remains - then adjust the gratuities.
  • (optional) You may also tip in cash your waiter - bar server - room steward if you're satisfied with his/her service.
  • You can pay your fixed $11,50 ($12) gratuities in advance (on booking), otherwise you'll be billed on your S&S card on your first embarkation day.
  • (optional) additional cash tips
  • Tipping porters (staff members that bring the bags to your cabin) - the standard tip is $2 per bag or $5 for 2-3 bags.
  • optional (but highly recommended) is to give $5 per day per child at Camp Carnival.
  • If you want to show the staff that you appreciate their hard work, you can always pay in cash some extra tips (usually at the end of your sailing, but you can tip them also on a daily basis). The list of staff you can tip directly includes cabin stewards and MDR waiters (during the trip), bar servers and room-service delivery (as you use their services), and a proper tip would be $10 to 20 each. As a "playing safe" policy, some guests tip cabin stewards & MDR waiters the first and the last night of the voyage.Carnival cruise tips per day

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