Service Gratuities (Tips)

Published 03/11/2015 10:00 PM   |    Updated 05/09/2017 03:45 PM

It is customary to extend gratuities (tips) to the shipboard staff for their services. How much to tip is a personal matter and completely up to our guests.

Our recommended guideline to what is appropriate is $12.95 USD per person, per day for guests in standard stateroom accommodations and $13.95 USD per person, per day for guests booked in suites. The majority of the tipping amount goes to employees such as stateroom stewards, assistant stewards, dining room waiters and assistant waiters. A small portion goes to a mix of other personnel who are in guest-facing customer service positions within areas such as culinary and hotel services, along with certain key positions in entertainment and guest services.

Here is the breakdown, per day:
Housekeeping Team: $4.05 ($5.05 for suites)
Dining Team: $6.40
Alternative Services: $2.50

To see the total recommended gratuities for your cruise, click here.

For your information, tipping applies regardless of the dining options selected, such as eating at the casual dining restaurant or open seating dining.


For beverage purchases, an automatic 15% gratuity will be added to the bill and the charges will be applied directly to the guest's Sail & Sign account. An automatic 15% gratuity will be added to the cover charge of the Chef’s Table and the charges will be applied directly to the guest’s Sail & Sign account. Room Service staff may be tipped as service is rendered.

There are two ways of extending gratuities to the shipboard staff :

Automatic Gratuities on Shipboard Account

  • For our guest's convenience, we automatically add the recommended gratuities to the guest's Sail & Sign account toward the end of the cruise. 
  • Guests less than two years of age are not required to extend gratuities.
  • For cruises that begin in Barbados, all gratuities are pre-paid and automatically added during the booking process.
  • Should a guest not be satisfied with the service they receive, they can contact the Guest Services desk while onboard. This will allow us to address their concerns in a timely and appropriate fashion. At the discretion of the guest, they may adjust the gratuities at any time while onboard. Gratuities will be deemed undisputed unless a request to modify is received prior to disembarking the ship.

Prepaid Gratuities

  • Gratuities are pre-arranged and can be added at the time of booking or anytime up to the sail date. If already booked, guests can contact their Travel Professional to add prepaid gratuities; if booked directly with Carnival, contact us at 800 764-7419.
  • All guests on each booking must prepay the gratuities with the exception of children less than two years of age.
  • For cruises that begin in Barbados, all gratuities are pre-paid and automatically added during the booking process.
  • The dollar amount for gratuities will appear in the 'Miscellaneous Charge' field on the confirmation. E-Documents will indicate if gratuities have been prepaid.
  • Should a guest not be satisfied with the service they receive, they can contact the Guest Services desk while onboard. This will allow us to address their concerns in a timely and appropriate fashion. At the discretion of the guest, they may adjust the gratuities at any time while onboard. Gratuities will be deemed undisputed unless a request to modify is received prior to disembarking the ship.



Please note the total gratuities per cruise duration.

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