Cruise Tipping Guide

How much will you pay for your tips?

Tipping is still 'usually' a question of choice.

Cruiseline tips information

Tips or 'Gratuities' as they are often referred to, are in most cases, an integral part of the cruise experience and cost. Most cruise lines will either charge a certain amount per day to your account or recommend an amount to be offered and shared amongst the crew at the end of your cruise . Luxury lines often include tips in the fare to make the experience more inclusive.  This said, if you believe that the service you have received is not up to the standard you expected or were promised then you should feel free to express your  concerns whilst on-board.  More cruise lines now are linking the pre-payment of tips to certain benefits  to increase collection levels and some dining options may only be available if paying in advance.  Many cruise lines also add a further 15% - 18% gratuity surcharge on beverage purchases.

This information is provided in good faith and updated regularly but we cannot accept any responsibility for any minor inaccuracies. Please use as a guide only.

Cost Per Day Per Person Adult Child Notes
Azamara NA NA Extra gratuities at the discretion of the passenger 
Carnival $11.50 $11.50 Added to account. Pre-paid on Barbados itineraries
Celebrity $11.50 $11.50 Supplements of up to $3.50 on suites. 
Costa Between 6 Euros and $11 per day depending on destination. 14-17 pay 50%. Under 14's no charge
Cruise and Maritime £5 £5 £4 per person on cruises over 16 nights in duration
Crystal Not included - optional guideline of up to $13 per day + $5 for Penthouse Guests
Cunard $11 $11 $13 per person per day in Grill Class accommodation
Disney At passengers discretion but recommended amounts work out approx $8 per guest per day
Fred Olsen £4 £4 Happy to adjust by contacting reception
Holland America $11.50 $11.50 $12 per day for suite guests. Automatically added to account
Hurtigruten NA NA Guidelines offered on-board but not added or compulsory
MSC Between 6 Euros and $11 per day depending on destination. 14-17 pay 50%. Under 14's no charge
NCL $12 $12 Automatically added. No charges for children under 3 years
Oceania $12.50 $12.50 Automatically added. Add $4 per day for Penthouse & Owners Suites
P and O £3.50 £3.50 Added to on-board account. Applicable for 12yrs and over
Princess $11.50 $11.50 $12 per day for suite & mini-suite guests
Regent NA NA Donations on-board to the Crews Welfare Fund
Royal Caribbean $12.00 $12.00 Extra $2.25 Suites. Automatically added to your on-board account
Seabourn NA NA Tips are not expected
Silversea NA NA Tips are not expected
Star Clippers NA NA Not compulsory 8 Euros per day recommended at discretion
Swan Hellenic NA NA Included
Thomson NA NA Not expected but cash tips can be offered on-board
Voyages of Discovery $7.50 $7.50 Automatically added to account but can be altered at request
Voyages to Antiquity NA NA Included in the cruise fare
Windstar $11 $11 Automatically added to your account