Carnival Cruise Line is to raise its daily gratuity rates on board its cruise ships which are set to sail from 1 May.
However, the company did state that anyone who has booked a cruise already or is set to book a cruise between now – and up to 1 May – can avoid having to pay the increased rate if they prepay for all gratuities before the end of this month (April).
Passengers who book a cruise with Carnival Cruises from May 1 onwards, however, will be required to pay the new rate – which is set out below.
What Will Carnival Cruise’s New Gratuity Rate Be From 1 May?
Carnival Cruises is set to increase its gratuity rates as per the following:
- Standard staterooms will be $14.50 per guest, per day – which is a $0.51 cent increase from the previous rate of $13.99
- Suite rooms will be $16.50 per guest, per day – which is a $0.51 cent increase from the previous rate of $15.99.
Carnival Cruises are also set to increase the prices for a number of its onboard services, including:
- Drink packages
- WiFi packages
- Speciality dining
And, as is the case with the gratuity rate increase, passengers are able to ‘lock in’ the current rates for the above if they prepay for these items before 1 May.
How Can You ‘Lock In’ Carnival Cruise’s Current Gratuity Rates?
Passengers who have booked their cruise with Carnival Cruises already can prepay – and ‘lock in’ – the current gratuity rates and prices for drink packages, onboard WiFi and speciality dining by accessing the ‘My Cruise Manager’ section on their Carnival Cruise Line online account.
Why Are Carnival Cruises Increasing Their Gratuity Rates?
In a letter that was sent out to passengers that have booked a trip with Carnival Cruises, the company justified the increased gratuity rate with the following statement:
“Our shipboard team members work hard to provide exceptional and friendly service, so we hope you will agree that this slight increase is well deserved.”
Carnival Cruise Line is not the only company to increase their gratuity prices – with Norwegian Cruise Line having done the same just a few weeks back.
The new gratuity rates for Norwegian Cruise Line cruises – which came into effect from 1 April – are:
- Balcony cabin / lower staterooms are $16 per guest, per day – which is a $0.50 cent increase from the previous rate of $15.50
- Suite staterooms are $20 per guest, per day – which is a $1.50 cent increase from the previous rate of $18.50.
Other Recent News From Carnival Cruises
The news that Carnival Cruises is set to increase their gratuity rates from 1 May is not the only announcement to come out of the Florida-based company, with the cruise line recently announcing the roll out of their VeriFLY app.
The application is set to make passenger boarding a much easier process.
Just a few days ago (4 April) Carnival Cruises also announced that in the week – from 28 March through to 3 April – they saw a huge ‘double-digit’ increase in bookings for their cruises.
And, this will come as great news for the cruise line – which now has 22 of its 23 ships back sailing with guests – following the ongoing suspension of its services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The CDC Recently Removed All Travel Advisories For Cruises
Just last week we reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had removed all of its travel advisories for cruise ship travel – which comes as a huge boost for cruise line companies looking to attract customers during the cruise season.
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