Rocking the Boat: Carnival Cruise Line Sinks to Pocketing a Portion of Increased Automatic Gratuities Meant for Employees

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Rocking the Boat: Carnival Cruise Line Sinks to Pocketing a Portion of Increased Automatic Gratuities Meant for Employees

LizRocking the Boat: Carnival Cruise Line Sinks to Pocketing a Portion of Increased Automatic Gratuities Meant for EmployeesMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Next time you’re on a Carnival cruise, you’ll see an automatic 18% gratuity charge added to your drink tab for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all beverage packages, and all a la carte dining.  This is another reason to be sure you check out Costco Travel cruise deals to see if you can save money on your booking! 

In the past, Carnival automatically added a 15% gratuity charge onto bar tabs, but they are upping it 3%, effective immediately.  The increase applies to all-inclusive packages, as well as all individual purchases.

Here’s the problem – the 3% increase will be split 50/50 with half going into a pool to fund Carnival employee expenses, such as uniforms for the staff and employee benefit programs and the other half will go to the the Carnival employee.  It’s disappointing that Carnival will recoup a general company expense (like employee uniforms) by passing it through as a gratuity. 

Effective Immediately, You’ll Pay an Automatic 18% Gratuity on All Beverages While Onboard a Carnival Cruise Ship.

Keep in mind, other cruise companies, including Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean also charge 18% gratuities.  However, it’s not clear if other companies also keep a portion of the tips in a company slush fund instead of paying it out to hard working staff.  

Will this change impact your decision to cruise with Carnival?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Hopefully if we have already paid for our cruise it doesn’t apply to our trip

Hi Patricia – I have a friend sailing on a Carnival cruise right now and I asked her to check her bill. I’ll let you know! Although, I have a feeling it would be hard for them to charge some folks 15% and others 18%.

This is complete $&@^$*(%(@; article!! I assure you as a 15 year Carnival employee, senior officer and current office associate that these claims are FALSE and every cent goes to the amazing crew that wholeheartedly deserve them. I challenge you to find any credible evidence of this ridiculousness.

Hi Josh – thank you for commenting. This has been widely reported on cruise websites with a picture of the direct letter sent to employees. If you’d like to send me an official letter from Carnival to Keith at millionmilesecrets dot com, I’d be happy to update or run a new post. Thanks!

http://Www.cruiselawnews.com article with copy of letter from a Carnival VP to employees.

I’m not sailing on Carnival until the staff get the full 18% that they well deserve.

Hello….Viking Cruises? New customer here…

I will not cruise again with carnival until they reverse this policy.

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