Royal Caribbean to automatically put gratuities on the bill

By Tom Stieghorst
Royal Caribbean International will begin automatically adding gratuity to passengers’ bills, starting March 1.

In a website posting, Royal Caribbean said the change will "simplify the service recognition process." Royal Caribbean said the amount added will be $12 daily, and $14.25 for suite guests.

The amounts will appear on bills that guests receive at the end of the voyage. Passengers can modify the amount by visiting the guest-services desk on their cruise.

Gratuities are shared between dining and housekeeping personnel, Royal Caribbean said.

Currently, the cruise line recommends that guests tip housekeeping $5 a day and wait staff $6.65 for a total of $11.65 a day.

Guests who have prepaid gratuities will not have a daily amount charged.

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