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Carnival calls on cruisers to tip staff 15% more…

Posted on 01 November 2011

 

The 2,974-passenger, 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest.
 

Carnival Cruise Lines is raising its tipping guidelines for the first time in a decade, increasing the amount 15%, from $10 to $11.50 per passenger, per day.

 

The increase – which amounts to an extra $21 for a couple on a weeklong cruise – takes effect on sailings embarking Dec. 1 and after.

 

The change will bring the company more in line with suggested gratuities at competing lines, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz tells USA TODAY.

 

“It’s the first time we raised them in quite awhile, and we were under the amount of several lines in the recommended gratuity,” De La Cruz says.

 

Carnival contacted passengers already booked to let them know of the change. Guests who prepaid gratuities will not be impacted.

 

While the gratuity amount is automatically added to passengers’ onboard accounts, it can be adjusted up or down, De La Cruz notes. Passengers have to go to the purser’s desk to change the amount, however.

 

By comparison, competitor Norwegian Cruise Line recommends gratuities of $12 per day, while Royal Caribbean recommends $11.65

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