Princess Cruises is raising the cost of their daily gratuities — a sum of money based on the service provided by members of staff — that are charged onboard their cruise ships.
The daily gratuity amount will increase by $1 and affect all cruises departing on or after May 21, 2019 — however this doesn’t include Australian and New Zealand cruises as gratuities are not compulsory.
In a statement, obtained by Travel at 60, Princess Cruises said: “Our guests have consistently rated our service among the best in the industry and therefore, we wanted to ensure that their gratuities were on par with other cruise lines. The increase underscores our commitment to reward our crew for the excellent service provided to our guests.”
The new daily gratuity amounts are US$14.50 (up from US$13.50) per guest for standard cabins, while passengers staying in mini suites will be charged US$15.50 (up from US$14.50) and full suites will increase to US$16.50 (up from US$15.50).
On most mainstream cruises, guests are encouraged to pay gratuities. Many staff members rely heavily on the generosity of travellers for the vast majority of their salary. However, this extra fee can sometimes come as a surprise to holiday-makers when they see how much the charge adds to their bill.
Most cruise lines now automatically add gratuity to your onboard account — but you have the right to adjust or remove this automatic charge. However, if you do opt out, some cruises will charge you an extra fee.