Earlier this month, Disney Cruise Line increased the amount that it recommends passengers pay in gratuities for each day of a sailing.
In a statement, the line said “Since our very first sailing, Guests have told us how much they enjoy their interactions with the Crew Members. Providing world-class service and creating life-long memories for our Guests are among the most common comments we receive. In recognition of all that they do, we have increased our recommended gratuity guidelines for select positions.”
The base gratuity recommendation is now $14.50 per guest, a $1 increase.
This is a 25 cent increase for the Assistant Dining Room Server, Dining Room Server, Dining Room Head Server, and Stateroom Host/Hostess. For guests who pay the recommended $14.50, the new total breaks down this way:
- Dining Room Server – $4.75 per person/per day
- Assistant Dining Room Server – $3.75 per person/per day
- Dining Room Head Server – $1.25 per person/per day
- Stateroom Host – $4.75 per person/per day
For passengers staying in a Concierge stateroom, Disney has added the Assistant Stateroom Host/Hostess position to its recommended gratuities, making that amount now $15.50 per person, per day. This is also a $1 increase.
Disney’s statement continued, “Additionally, our Concierge Guests often ask for guidance regarding gratuities for the Concierge Lounge Team. As a suggestion, we recommend $8 per guest/per day for the voyage, but it is always up to the guest to determine what they feel is appropriate.”
Those who have already pre-paid their gratuities ahead of an upcoming sailing that was booked prior to July 2 will have their rate protected. The last time Disney Cruise Line increased daily gratuities was in January 2019.
Two other cruise brands have also increased gratuities this year.
Norwegian Cruise Line raised gratuities in April, increasing by 50 cents to $16 per person, per day for most cabins, and increasing by $1.50 to $20 per person, per day for those staying in suites and The Haven.
In May, Carnival raised its gratuities by 51 cents. Standard cabins are now $14.50 and suites are now $16.50 per person, per day.