Review Royal Caribbean gratuities, tipping policy and tips (per day/reduced/removed). There are major changes in the Royal Caribbean gratuities policy to be implemented on all RCI ships from 1 March 2013 onwards.
the new Royal Caribbean gratuities/tipping policy
Royal Caribbean tips per day are $12 per guest, while suite guests pay $14,25 (Grand Suite and higher category accommodations). The new RCI tips per day will be added to each guest’s SeaPass card (on-board account) automatically, the only exclusion being for passengers with prepaid gratuities – they won’t be charged daily. And the bar service personnel still gets their 15% tips from bar sales.
Just for comparison, by the old RCCL tipping guidelines, the Royal Caribbean suggested tips/gratuities were a total of $11,65 per day per passenger (respectively $13,90 for suite passengers) and also guests could pay on board either in cash or via their shipboard account.
Royal Caribbean tips – reduced or removed?
Just like with the Carnival’s tipping policy, under the new Royal Caribbean tipping policy guests who believe they’ve been serviced poorly while on board their “Of The Seas” ship have the right to ask Guest Services personnel to reduce or even to remove their automatic gratuities. And just like with the Carnival case, this will reflect directly on the ship’s serving staff (cabin stewards, Main Dining Room wait staff, as well as kitchen, entertainment, passenger services and other hotel personnel). It’s always up to you to adjust the amount of gratuities at any time while on board the ship and your tips will be deemed undisputed. But you should know, that the ship’s service staff don’t make a salary – your tips are their wages. In their case “tipping” doesn’t mean “extra” – it means “salary”. So our “big tip” on this subject is this - if you guys have a service staff problem, speak first with your cabin attendant. Then (if your problem continues to bother you) contact the hotel manager. And if the problem still remains unsolved – then adjust the tips.
The new Royal Caribbean International tipping policy applies to all passengers who don’t prepay their gratuities before February 28, 2013. Happy sailings with the big RCI line, and don’t be stingy on tips – enjoy life and let others enjoy it! You can share this article via the social buttons.
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