Starting Nov. 11, Royal Caribbean is raising its automatic gratuities by $2 per day across all cabin types.
The breakdown of the new charge is as follows:
- $18 per person, per day for all non-suite staterooms (up from $16)
- $20.50 per person, per day for suites (up from $18.50)
The $2 increase is one of the largest the cruise line has ever implemented. The line's previous gratuity increase, which was implemented last Sept., was $1.50 per day, per person for non-suite cabins and $1 for suites.
Cruisers currently booked on a Royal Caribbean cruise after Nov. 11 can pre-pay their gratuities at the current rate.
Other onboard gratuity policies remain the same. An 18% tip will be automatically added to purchases of beverages, spa and salon services, room service, and mini bar items.
Royal Caribbean's sister brand, Celebrity Cruises, raised its daily gratuities in July of this year.