Royal Caribbean Increases Gratuities Once Again

Royal Caribbean Ship
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Royal Caribbean has increased its daily gratuity amount which will roll out fleet wide from May 1, 2016. You’re wondering who will benefit from the higher amount, well the crew will also enjoy the daily increase, we’ve got all the details below.

Here is what Royal Caribbean posted on their site:

Effective on cruises departing on or after May 1, 2016, Royal Caribbean will automatically add a $13.50 USD gratuity for standard staterooms, $16.50 USD for Suite guests, to each guest’s SeaPass® account on a daily basis.

This gratuity replaces our previously recommended gratuity guidelines($12.95 USD standard staterooms, $15.95 USD for Suite guests), and will apply to all guests who did not prepay gratuities before April 14, 2016. The new daily gratuity amount is $0.55 USD more than the previously recommended daily gratuity amount.

So from May 1 the cruise line will increase the amount by $0.55. For all standard staterooms the amount is going up from $12.95 per day to $13,50. For suites the amount is increasing from $15.95 to $16.50 per day. Gratuities are charged on each guest’s SeaPass onboard account automatically. Gratuities were last changed in May, 2015.

Once the new amount begins Dining & Culinary Service staff will get $8.30, Stateroom Attendant will get $3.85 or a Suite Attendant will get $6.85. All other housekeeping crew will get $1.35.