We booked a cruise with Royal Caribbean with our family members. Some are bringing toddlers (ages 3 &4). We asked about prepaying gratuities and Royal said they will charge the same for children as adults. Sounds a bit odd to me, but maybe I'm wrong. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
Gratuities for children
A passenger is a passenger is a passenger. The steward and the rest of the crew still provide services for kids as well as adults and in many cases there is more attention for the kids so makes sense.
Children can be more work for room stewards because of diapers, more things lying around, working around nap time, etc. It would be logical that they "pay" the same gratuities. Wish I could give you the answer you want, but I think it is fair. to charge the same for children.
We sometimes take our grands (6,5,4,and 2) with us when we cruise. The crew is absolutely awesome with the little ones. They go above and beyond to make sure the kiddos are well taken care of. Our last steward on RCI was on her last sailing before three months off. Her daughter and family were on the ship with her, and she stopped us to introduce our grandsons to her grandchildren. She did so many special things for my boys. It truly makes a difference for the little ones, and we (and their parents) make sure to tip extra at the end.
The gratuities are also going towards the dining staff. For the most part, our experience with the dining room staff was awesome when it came to catering to our kids. They were young when they first started cruising and the wait staff did an awesome job remembering the things they liked and helping them have a great experience.