Cruise Line Raises Gratuities For the First Time in Two Years

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For the first time in over two years, Carnival has raised the daily gratuity rate. - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

For the first time since spring 2016, Carnival is going to be raising the daily gratuity rate on board their ships.

In a note to travel agents, Carnival revealed that on December 1, 2018, the gratuity rate will increase from $12.95 to $13.99 per person, per day for those staying in standard cabins. Suite rates will go from $13.95 to $15.99 per person, per day. Those who have a cruise booked for after December 1 but want to pay the current rate can do so by pre-paying their gratuities before the price increase goes into effect.

Carnival added that “100% of gratuities go towards our shipboard team members.” On their website, they break down what portion goes where out of the daily rate: The housekeeping team gets $4.05, the dining team gets $6.40, and other services around the ship share the remaining $2.50.

As always, those who aren’t satisfied with services during the voyage can remove gratuities or adjust the amount at the Guest Services Desk, although we strongly advise against it.

Information: Cruise Radio

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