Mom And Daughter Hammock
  • On Aug 16, 2013
    Sharon Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going on our first Disney Cruise aboard the Fantasy this coming September. We plan to have our 7 and 4 y/o in the youth club and 18 mo in babysitting, while we explore St. Maartin. Is it customary to tip the babysitter and the staff at the youthclub

    Welcome aboard, Sharon! This fall holds so much excitement for your family with your first cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy! I'm happy to hear that you're looking into the amazing Port Adventures in St. Maartin. Disney really outdoes themselves by planning some great adventures with special Disney touches.

    Disney's Cast Members in the Youth Clubs and Nursery do not expect gratuities, so you should never feel expected or obligated to tip them. However, some guests do bring non-cash treats to show their appreciation to these counselors, so that is always an option. We like to bring international calling cards, boxes of candy or other items like these to give to Cast Members who have really gone above and beyond for us throughout our cruise, so keep that in type of thing in mind before you go.

    You will want to plan for gratuities for your server, assistant server, head server and stateroom host. The following traditional tips for these Cast Members are per person (including your children) per night:
    Server: $4
    Assistant Server: $3
    Head Server: $1
    Stateroom Host: $4
    So, for your seven-night sailing with a family of five, you can expect to pay about $60/night or $420 for the whole week in gratuities. Many guests choose to pre-pay these by calling Disney Cruise Line ahead of time, while others prefer to wait until they receive their tip envelopes in their stateroom on the last night. 

    I hope that information helps as you continue to plan, Sharon! Let me know how else I can help before you set sail!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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