Gratuities / Tipping onboard the Sapphire Princess
Tips on the Sapphire 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 Sapphire 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.
If you are putting your kids any of the 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 Princess 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 and they will usually be sincerely appreciative.