Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Feb 24, 2014
    Angela from LA 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.

    How do gratuities work for onboard dining? Do you need to carry cash to the evening meals or do you charge it to your room? Also, since its the same wait staff each night with "rotational dining" do you just tip on the last night or after each

    Ahoy, Angela!
    Thanks for stopping by the Moms Panel with your question.

    Dining aboard a Disney Cruise is one of the best experiences my family has ever had. With wait staff that rotates to each dining room meal with you, they'll become friends by the end of your vacation! My kids have grown attached to our servers on every cruise, and have wonderful memories of them from our vacations.  

    Gratuities are a way to thank your servers for their awesome service. Disney Cruise Line makes it very simple to take care of tipping onboard - no need to carry cash with you to the evening meals! Wait staff tips are paid one time per sailing, and not after each meal. You can choose to pre-pay gratuities by contacting DCL at least three days before sailing. The standard recommended gratuities, shown here, will be charged to your stateroom account, and a letter will be given to you at check-in, showing the charges. If you don't elect to pre-pay, the suggested gratuity amounts can be added to your stateroom account once onboard. You can also pay cash by visiting the Guest Services Desk at any time during your cruise.

    You can make adjustments to your final gratuities at any time, especially to reward exceptional service. We've certainly had instances when a crew member has deserved a little extra for going above and beyond!

    I hope this helps with your planning. Come back if you have any more questions, we're happy to help!
    Anchors Aweigh! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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