• On May 6, 2019
    Valerie from KS 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.

    My question is about tipping. Is it true that Disney Cruise-line automatically adds the suggested gratuity to your onboard account? Tipping is personal and private, I don’t necessarily want it added to my bill without my authorization.

    Welcome aboard, Valerie!

    When my family and I sail with Disney Cruise Line, we are always overly impressed with the level of service and attention to detail we receive from every single Cast Member we encounter. That high level of personalized service is part of the reason why we sail with Disney! So, while there is a suggested gratuity amount per day, per guest, for certain Cast Members, we usually add a bit more for each of them since they truly make our cruise even more magical than we'd think possible.

    It is possible to pre-pay your gratuities before you set sail, using the traditional amount suggested, or you may have them charged automatically toward the end of your sailing. I understand that tipping is a personal preference, and tips are never required, nor is the traditional amount something to which you must adhere. Should you decide to tip a different amount, you may either add extra cash if you're tipping more, to the little tip envelopes you'll receive on the last night of the sailing, which include a receipt for the traditional amount that is charged to your stateroom. Or, you may go to Guest Services and request a different amount be charged to your stateroom. This can be done overall for all the Cast Members traditionally tipped, or for certain ones. It's totally up to you, and you have complete control of that simply by stopping in at Guest Services to confirm the amount you'd like applied. Should they not hear otherwise from you, the traditional gratuities will automatically be charged.

    I hope that helps as you plan and budget for this exciting and magical adventure at sea, Valerie! Have so much fun planning and please do stop back again with more questions. We're happy to help!

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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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