Gratuities / Tipping onboard the Carnival Sensation
Tips on the Carnival Sensation are automatically charged to your shipboard account (Sail & Sign Account) unless you make alternative arrangements with the Guest Services desk. Please note: effective for all sailings beginning 10/9/14, the automatic gratuity will be $12.00 per guest. This increase will not affect you if you prepaid your gratuity before that date. Currently, the tipping guidance onboard the Carnival Sensation is $11.50 per guest, per day. This daily tip amount is distributed among staff as follows:
$3.70 Per Day Stateroom Services
$5.80 Per Day Dining Room Services
$2.00 Per Day Alternative Services: distributed to other kitchen and hotel service staff
For beverage purchases, fifteen percent of the bill is automatically added to the Sail & Sign charge. Room Service staff may be tipped at your discretion. Tipping your Maitre d' of your dining room is at your discretion. You should tip if you received special attention or services from the Maitre d'.
Some additional thoughts about tipping onboard the Carnival Sensation:
You can prepay the standard tip. However, the people that go above and beyond should be tipped a bit more. On the last day of the cruise, there will be a request for tips and envelopes provided. Our cabin steward went out of his way to make out 3 kids feel special and took a picture of our family. Our staff in the dining room knew exactly what our choice of beverages was after the first night. These people should be tipped accordingly.
If you are putting your kids any of the Camp Carnival or Youth programs and they have a great time, you should consider tipping the Youth Director. The youth staff works extra hard at making certain your kids have a great time, and, if your kids' experience finds that to be true, it is appropriate for you to show your consideration to the staff. As Carnival doesn't have a formal system or guidance for tipping the Youth Staff, you will need to bring cash for this tip. Our tip guidance is $5 per day, per child. Make certain that the Youth Director understands that the tip should be shared amongst the staff. You will be one of the few who tip the youth staff on the Carnival Sensation and they will be sincerely appreciative.