One of the things which first time cruises tend to get very confused about is how Disney Cruise Gratuities are calculated and charged.
However, the Disney Cruise Gratuity system really isn’t that complicated. You can follow our simple guide to Disney cruise tips and gratuities so you will know exactly how it works.
These Disney Cruise Tip amounts are correct and updated in November 2020. They increased in March 2019 after remaining the same for some considerable time.
There are certain Crew Members onboard who rely on tips as their salary. These are mostly your Rotational Dining Room Crew Members. Tips are expected for your Server, Assistant Server, and Head Server.
All of these people work extremely hard and we have always found that they are very much deserving of the standard amount of tips that Disney recommends. Usually, we leave more than the recommended gratuity amounts as their service is so good. They really are worth it.
Your Cabin Steward is also part of the team who receives the gratuities. They work very hard and rely on your generosity.
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These standard gratuities will be added to your stateroom account on the final night of your cruise. They are the same for adults and children.
On the last night, you will find Disney cruise line gratuity envelopes in your stateroom for each of your dining team and your stateroom host. You can use these envelopes to show the amount that you have added.
If you want, you can give these envelopes to them directly. If you want to add more that is easy as you just fill in the form that you are given with the envelopes.
You can also put cash in the envelopes if you want to.
Can I Pre-Pay Disney Cruise Tips?
Yes, you can pre-pay your Disney Cruise Gratuities online before you sail. You can do this up to 3 days before you sail.
Pre-paying Disney cruise line tips can be useful when budgeting for your Disney cruise. However, it isn’t a requirement. If you haven’t pre-paid, the charges will be added to your onboard account.
Who Else Do I Need to Tip?
There are some crew members who you should tip, but who are not included in the daily rate.
- Bar Staff. An automatic 15% gratuity is added to your bill.
- You will also be charged an automatic 15% gratuity for any drinks that you have to pay for in the dining room. These include alcoholic beverages and smoothies. So if you order a bottle of wine a gratuity will be added. You can add extra at your discretion.
- Room Service is free (although there are some chargeable items). It is customary to tip the crew member who delivers your room service. You can do this in cash. It’s useful to bring $1 bills for this.
- Spa Services. An automatic 18% gratuity is added to all spa services. You can adjust the gratuity when you sign the receipt at the end of the service to add more if you wish. Remember that this also applies to a Rainforest Room Pass.
- Palo and Remy servers are tipped at your discretion. Usually, this should be not less than 18%.
- Concierge Staff. Many people ask the question of how much you should tip Disney Cruise Concierge Staff. You will be very well taken care of by your concierge team. There is no set amount to tip. You really should just use your common sense and discretion. Tip whatever you feel they deserve. You will receive an envelope in your stateroom on the last night of the cruise.
- Kids Club and Nursery Staff are not permitted to accept gratuities.
- Bibbidi Boppidi Boo staff are not permitted to accept gratuities.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.