Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Oct 20, 2015
    Anarosa from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can you explain the reason for the tip fee? Also, I've read in other posts that tipping is customary for certain services. Is this in addition to the tip fee? Can you clarify when and where tipping will be required?

    Ahoy, AnaRosa!

    From the Disney Cruise Line website:

    "It is customary to give gratuities in recognition of exceptional service, which you’ll receive in abundance aboard the ship. The following amounts are provided as a suggestion, but the gratuity you pay is always at your discretion:

    Per Guest per cruise          3-Night     4-Night     7-Night

    Dining Room Server             $12.00     $16.00     $28.00
    Dining Room Asst. Server    $9.00      $12.00      $21.00
    Dining Room Head Server   $3.00       $4.00        $7.00
    Stateroom Host/Hostess      $12.00      $16.00      $28.00"

    You have the option of pre-paying your gratuities up to three days before you set sail on your Disney Cruise. This is the option that I usually choose, to avoid the onboard charge. We also often include extra cash inside the gratuity envelopes when we feel our service is particularly wonderful, which is almost always on a Disney Cruise.

    Some other places where tipping is customary are room service and either of the adult-exclusive restaurants. If you decide to enjoy a Mickey premium ice cream bar in your room from room service, I recommend tipping $1 per item ordered. We bring singles for this purpose.

    I hope this helps with your cruise planning. Please visit us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with more questions before you set sail.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.

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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

“If you can dream it, you can do it” just about sums up my life. I am a mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fantastic man, all of whom support my passion for all things Disney. I am a thrill seeker, and have been fortunate enough to go parasailing high above the Disney Fantasy, zip-lining in St. Lucia, and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman – all while sailing the seas with Disney Cruise Line. I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Tracy

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