Gratuities / Tipping onboard the Royal Princess
Tips on the Royal Princess are automatically charged to your shipboard account (Cruise Card Account) unless you make alternative arrangements with the Guest Services desk. Tipping guidance is as follows:
The total amount is $12.95 per guest, per day for regular cabins and $13.95 per guest, per day for suite and mini suite passengers. For beverage purchases, fifteen percent of the bill is automatically added to the Cruise Card 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 on tipping onboard the Royal Princess:
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.