Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Dec 7, 2014
    Natalie from ON 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.

    This question is in regards to tipping your servers. If you choose to dine at Cabana's for one night, will your credit card still be charged gratuities for all 7 nights?

    Welcome aboard, Natalie! You must have a magical cruise in your future with Disney Cruise Line!

    Disney Cruise Line has a wonderful way to dine each night called Rotational Dining. Guests are assigned a rotation that takes them through all three of the main dining restaurants, visiting each twice, and one three times on a seven-night sailing. My family loves that not only do we rotate through the restaurants, but that we are assigned a service team that rotates with us. It's so much fun because they get to know us and our preferences and we get to know them. They are like family by the time we disembark, and believe me when I say that there have been some tearful goodbyes when my kiddos have to wave a final farewell to their favorite servers that last day. I'm sure you'll have an absolutely wonderful service team that is great with your family as well.

    Gratuities are charged either on the final night of your sailing, or can be pre-paid, which is the easiest thing to do. Traditional gratuities are as follows and are per person, including children:
    $4 per night - Server
    $3 per night - Assistant Server
    $1 per night - Head Server
    $4 per night - Stateroom Host

    Guests still pay gratuities no matter if they dine in the main dining restaurants at all because no matter where you dine, some of Disney's servers will be taking care of you (whether they are your assigned servers or not), so please do plan to budget for those gratuities for the entire trip. My family usually adds additional amounts to the traditional gratuities because our servers always go well above and beyond to make our experience onboard more than magical each time. Should you want to change the gratuity amount for whatever reason, simply visit Guest Services and they can assist you.

    Have fun planning, Natalie and enjoy your cruise!
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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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