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Q and A on Big Cruise Ship Tipping

Big Cruise Ship Tipping
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Each cruise line has its own policies for how and when gratuities are collected for crew members. Here are the general guidelines for six of the big ship cruise lines.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Tipping

What are the gratuity fees? All passengers aboard RCL cruises have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard bill. The standard fee is $12.95/day per person, and $15.95/day per person for those staying in suites. They allow prepayment. Cruisers registered for the flexible meal option called “My Time Dining” are required to prepay tips.

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at guest services.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? RCL adds 15% to all charges in all bars, spas, and salons.

Princess Cruises Ship Tipping

What are the gratuity fees? All passengers aboard Princess Cruises have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard bill. The standard fee is $12.95/day per person, and $13.95/day per person for those staying in suites. They allow prepayment any time prior to six days before departure.

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff. Spa and casino crew members do not receive a portion of the automatic gratuities.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at the purser’s office.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? Princess adds 15% to charges in the bars.

Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Tipping

What are the gratuity fees? All passengers over the age of three aboard NCL ships have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard bill. The standard fee is $13.99/day per person, and $16.99/day per person for passengers in suites. This cruise line states that extra tips beyond the automatic gratuity are neither ‘expected’ nor ‘necessary.’ (There are differences for some ships, such as the Norwegian Sky, so check the details of your ship.)

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at the onboard reception desk.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? Norwegian Cruise Line adds 18% to charges in the bars, spas, and entertainment or specialty dining venues.

Holland America Line Cruise Ship Tipping

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What are the gratuity fees? All passengers aboard Holland America ships have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard bill. The standard fee is $13.50/day per person, and $15.00/day per person for those staying in suites.

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at the front desk.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? Holland America adds 15% to charges in the bars, as well as to wine orders in the dining rooms.

Celebrity Cruises Ship Tipping

What are the gratuity fees? All passengers aboard Celebrity ships have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard Seapass account. The standard fee is $13.50/day per person, and $17.00/day per person for those staying in suites. Celebrity calls these ‘suggested’ amounts.

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at guest relations.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? Celebrity adds 18% to your bar bills.

Carnival Cruise Line Ship Tipping

What are the gratuity fees? All passengers aboard Carnival ships have an automatic daily tip added to their onboard bill. The standard fee is $12.95/day per person, and $13.95/day per person for those staying in suites. Passengers younger than two years old do not pay an automatic gratuity.

Who receives the tips? The funds are divided amongst cabin stewards, dining crew, and housekeeping staff.

Is there an option, if I receive poor service? You may request a gratuities removal or reduction at the guest services desk.

Are there any other tips automatically added to my bill? Carnival adds 15% to charges in the bars. Also, if you are on a short cruise (those that do not dock in any additional ports), then you must prepay your automatic gratuities.

This information is current as of publication. Read the details for your cruise line and ship prior to sailing. For more answers about whether to tip on a ‘gratuities-included’ cruise, read our article HERE.

Dream Cruises Unveils Hull Artwork for Next Ship

World Dream Rendering
Rendering By: Dream Cruises Asia

Dream Cruises which is a luxury cruise line in Asia has unveiled the hull artwork for World Dream, coming towards the end of this year.

Only cruisers in Asia will be able to sail on World Dream which will be the sister ship to Genting Dream. The ships hull artwork was unveiled in a new video for English speakers and those in Asia. The artwork is being done by renowned London-based, Shanghainese artist, Jacky Tsai. The artwork which will be painted onto the ships hull at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg Germany is named “A Tale of Two Dreams”, the visual narrative will play upon the age old themes of pure love and harmony.

World Dream Hull Artwork Revealed:

World Dream will be among one of the largest cruise ships based in China and is currently being built dedicated for the regional market. Cruisers can expect to see more refined spaces for Chinese guests and the very luxury at sea can offer.

World Dream will arrive in November 2017 and once completed will be 150,000 gross tons and carrying 3,376 guests at double occupancy. There will also be 18 decks, 1,686 staterooms. The ship will be an identical design to Genting Dream which entered service in 2016. Cruises will depart from Hong Kong and Guangzhou sailing alternating 5-day voyages and a 2-day cruise.

It Doesn’t Look Easy to Sail and Capture the Total Eclipse

Oasis of the Seas Total Eclipse
Video Footage By: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is capturing the Total Eclipse today but it doesn’t look easy trying to dodge all the bad weather and cloud.

You probably think just looking up to the sky and you’ll be able to capture the Total Eclipse which is hitting North America today. Well, onboard Oasis of the Seas the captain and head Chief Meteorologist for the cruise line try to work out where the huge ship needs to be so that thousands of cruise passengers don’t miss out.

Watch the video below as Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet and Oasis of the Seas Captain Per Kristoffersen explains how they are navigating the ship for the Total Eclipse:

The much anticipated Solar Total Eclipse will cover North America today, August 21. it will happen at around 2:50 PM EDT in South Carolina, keep track of your local times for when it will occur.

Oasis of the Seas is going all out with the historic event with onboard parties, events and activities during its 7-day voyage out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

10 Cruise Ships Calling In Southampton Over the Weekend

Port of Southampton Cruise Ships
Photo By: Barry Skeates (Creative Commons)

Did we just say 10 cruise ships! that correct, Port of Southampton will experience one of the busiest periods of the year this weekend.

When we say 10 cruise ships the first ports which come to mind is Port Miami or Port Everglades in Florida. Southampton which is located in Southern England is full of cruise ships today and tomorrow, one of the busiest weekends of 2017.

5 cruise ships on Saturday and another 5 on Sunday will make it a busy day in port with almost a total of 55,000 cruise passengers over the two days. Even the BBC reported that heavy traffic is expected due to a number of vessels docking in Southampton.

On Saturday (Today, August 19) Norwegian Jade, Navigator of the Seas, Mein Schiff 1, Azura and even the iconic Queen Mary 2 are all docking at Port of Southampton. On Sunday, August 20 Arcadia, Independence of the Seas, Queen Elizabeth, Braemar, and Aurora will all be calling at the popular UK home port. Many of the ships are large with Independence of the Seas operated by Royal Carribean and Queen Mary 2 operated by Cunard line among the top ten largest cruise ships in the world.

The ships are set to beef up the city economy with cruise passengers shopping, booking into hotels, using taxis, going to restaurants and more. Around a total of £2.5 Million will boost the area.

Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Affected By Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey which is causing disruption in the southern Caribbean has affected a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

Norwegian Escape has been forced to change the itinerary due to the strong storm in the south Caribbean. The ship is scheduled to depart Miami, Florida on August 19 but instead of sailing a Western Caribbean cruise will now sail the Eastern Caribbean. The change is to keep all passengers and crew safe away from Tropical Storm Harvey which is heading towards the West.

NCL has detailed the new itinerary below:

Norwegian Escape will now sail an Eastern Caribbean itinerary calling in St. Maarten on Tuesday from 8 am to 6 pm; St. Thomas, USVI on Wednesday from 7 am to 5 pm; and Nassau, Bahamas on Friday from 11 am to 7 pm.

Norwegian Cruise Line has apologized to guests booked on the cruise but safety is more important than anything else. The cruise line is closely monitoring the storm.

Tropical Storm Harvey
Image By: NOAA (National Hurricane Center

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and moving west at 21 MPH. The storm is expected to gain some strength over the weekend.

Norwegian Escape is one of the largest in the fleet at 164,600 gross tons and carrying over 4,200 guests at double occupancy.

Allure of the Seas to Undergo Dry Dock to Fix Reduced Speed Issues

Allure of the Seas at Sea
Photo By: Royal Caribbean

Allure of the Seas will undergo a week-long dry dock so that the current propulsion issues can be fixed.

Yesterday we posted about Allure of the Seas altering some itineraries due to propulsion issues and sailing at reduced speed. Well, now Royal Caribbean has confirmed that the Oasis-class vessel will undergo an important dry dock to fix the problem.

Royal Caribbean has confirmed with Cruise Hive that the ship will begin its dry dock operation on January 21 and will end on January 28, 2018. For seven days the reduced sailing speed problem will be fixed and we’re pretty sure they will use the time to do a few other things around the ship too but nothing major.

The cruise line recently sent out letters to those people booked on upcoming sailings. Apparently, St Kitts and St Thomas are among the ports to be replaced with San Juan being added on some itineraries.

At the moment Allure of the Seas which is one of the biggest cruise ships in the world is sailing a 7-night western Caribbean cruise. The huge vessel is based out of POrt Everglades, Florida and is 225,282 gross tons.

Carnival Cruise Ship Cancels Port of Call Due to Medical Situation

Carnival Fantasy
Photo By: M Fletcher (Creative Commons)

Carnival Fantasy heads back to port and cancels port of call due to a medical emergency.

Carnival Fantasy which is currently the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet headed back to its homeport in Mobile, Alabama due to a medical emergency where a passenger needed urgent and further medical care on land.

The vessel was on the second day of a 4-day Western Caribbean cruise and already sailing towards its only port of Cozumel, Mexico when it turned around back to Mobile.

Carnival Cruise Line has released the following statement to Local News:

Earlier today, Carnival Fantasy had to return to its homeport of Mobile, Ala. to disembark a guest experiencing a critical medical emergency. The ship was on the second day of a four-day cruise that departed the Port of Mobile yesterday.

As a result, the ship will be forced to miss a scheduled call in Cozumel, Mexico and the remainder of the voyage will be spent at sea.

All guests on this voyage will receive a 50% refund of their cruise fare and a 50% credit on a future Carnival cruise. In addition, any guests wishing to disembark in Mobile will have the opportunity to do so and will receive a full refund of their cruise fare.

Carnival sincerely apologizes to its guests for this disruption of their vacation plans. Returning to Mobile was imperative based on the seriousness of the medical emergency. The well-being of our guests and team members is always our foremost priority.

Carnival Fantasy operates four- to 10-day cruises from Mobile, Ala.

Due to the passenger needing critical medical attention the ship is now not able to call in Cozumel as scheduled on August 19. Carnival Fantasy will now sail a cruise to nowhere where the ship will stay out at sea until arriving back into its home port as scheduled on August 21.

Carnival has apologized to guests for the inconvenience and offered a 50% refund of the cruise fare along with 50% of onboard credit. Any passengers wanting to disembark the ship have been able to do so with a full refund.

The ship is Fantasy class and the only one in the fleet sailing out of Mobile, Alabama. Carnival Fantasy is 70,300 gross tons and can carry over 2,000 passengers at double occupancy.

We do hope the passenger in need of medical attention is stable and makes a full recovery.

Spectrum of the Seas Steel Cutting Just In Case You Missed It

Spectrum of the Seas Steel Cutting
Photo By: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean recently announced Spectrum of the Seas as the first Quantum Ultra cruise ship. The cruise line also celebrated the start of construction.

We did post about the future cruise ship but also thought you would enjoy some video footage showing the first piece of steel being cut for Spectrum of the Seas. The steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and in time all the steel blocks will come together to make the ship one.

Watch Steel Cutting Ceremony:

No further details on Spectrum of the Seas have been released but keep an eye on Cruise Hive for renderings, ship design, features and itineraries over the coming months.

Princess Cruises Won’t Miss Out on the Total Eclipse

Princess Cruises Total Eclipse
Photo By: Princess Cruises

For the first time in 99 years, a total eclipse of the sun will pass over the continental United States on August 21, and Princess Cruises guests sailing on six cruise ships in Alaska will be invited to special viewing parties as part of the cruise line’s exclusive Stargazing with Discovery at Sea program.

From the top decks in Alaska, nearly 18,000 guests aboard Coral Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Ruby Princess and Star Princess will be invited to enjoy an approximately 54 percent view of the eclipse. Guests will be provided specially-branded Science Channel™/Discovery at Sea eclipse glasses for ultimate viewing, paired with educational background on what causes an eclipse from the exclusive Stargazing with Discovery at Sea staff as they provide a “tour” of three intervals the morning of August 21.

Denise Saviss, Princess Cruises vice president, entertainment experiences, said:

“Through our exclusive partnership with Discovery Communications, we’re able to offer expert tips and background from Science Channel experts that provide intriguing commentary around this rare phenomenon and for the ultimate viewing party onboard.”

The Great American Eclipse onboard event is part of the Stargazing with Discovery at Sea program which is led by Discovery at Sea Science Channel Ambassador and astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyiwho has created entertaining family stargazing programming enabling the crew to lead cosmic voyages from the ship’s top deck.

Branded posters, Camp Discovery Youth & Teen Center solar projector building projects and even specialty Eclipse Cookies also will be offered to celebrate this rare occasion.

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