Carnival Cruise Lines has recently decided to increase the gratuity guidelines. For passengers who plan to travel on cruises departing September 1, 2016 and onward, the suggested daily gratuity will be raised from $12.00 to $12.95 per person per day for standard cabins and $13.95 per person per day for suites.
To avoid the increase in fees, guests who prepay the current amounts by May 9, 2016 will pay the existing daily rates. It is important to remember that Carnival has stated that even though the tip amounts are automatically charged to passengers’ shipboard amounts that they remain optional and can be adjusted before disembarkation. However, as anyone who has cruised before knows, the service fees are often a pittance compared to how much effort goes on behind the scenes to insure you enjoy your time on board.
What are your thoughts on this fee increase?