Gratuities / Tipping on the Carnival Imagination

CCL_Food_waitressTips on the Carnival Imagination are automatically charged to your shipboard account (Sail & Sign Account) unless you make alternative arrangements with the Guest Services desk. The automatic gratuity will be 13.99 USD per stateroom guest and 15.99 USD per suite guest. This daily tip amount is distributed among staff as follows:

  • 4.35 USD Per Day: Stateroom Housekeeping Services
  • 6.35 USD Per Day: Suite Housekeeping Services
  • 6.89 USD Per Day Dining Room Services
  • 2.75 USD 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 on the Carnival Imagination:

  • 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 work extra hard to make sure your kids have a great time. If your kids had a great cruise experience in the youth programs, 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 USD 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.
  • You can prepay the standard tip. However, the people who 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 our 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.
  • You may have pre-paid your gratuities when you booked and paid for your cruise.
  • Babies under two years old are not required to pay gratuities.

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