Beverage Package Gratuities

Quick question.

When you buy a Beverage pack and pay the tips and taxes up front.

Do you get a bill at the end of the cruise for the gratuities for each drink (15 %) ?

Just askin'

Tags: tips and such

8 Answers

Not on Princess or Carnival.

If you pay the grats with the card, the ship "shouldn't" charge them again.

 

OTOH, I read on one of the cruise line sites (RCCL?) that the grats were not included with the purchase of the card, that you would be charged at the time the drink was served.

That's what I'm trying to determine---Can't get a straight answer.

We did not on our last NCL cruise on the Breakaway.

When we got the drink package before the cruise we were billed the 18% gratuity for the price of the package and we paid that and never saw anything further in charges .... except for the tax for having a drink while in a US port on embarkation day. That one we saw on our bill but that was the only charge.

According to the website, the grats are charged at the time of purchase of the package, so I would assume they would not hit you up again at the time of purchase of the drink.

If you are receiving the package as a perk, then I do not know - the website is quite light on the details. Sorry I cannot help.

Have you tried calling the cruise line?

 

It looks like OGW posted a definitive answer while I was typing!

Yep, OGW got it..I do it every time...theres nothing charged on your bill..tips are included...unless you decide to ADD something...theres a line for that...but I don't have a problem carrying some ones around for that..just on the odd chance the bartender actually gets to keep it...sometimes they might get a lil soggy...and yes, ive commented more than once that buying even a beer on embarkation day in the US, well, it'll rank up there with the most expensive beer you ever bought..

While in port you get dinged with taxes and gratuity when ordering a drink. 

Heard that too

Call the cruise line for the policy about the tip on drink packages.  Obviously it is handled differently on different cruise lines.  I have never purchased one myself but will have one on my Azamara upcoming cruise,  which comes with the cruise.  

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