Beginning January 19, 2019, Disney Cruise Line will increase their recommended gratuity guidelines for select positions. The keyword here is select. The recommended increase is $.50 per passenger/per day for the Dining Room Service Team (Server & Assistant Server) and Stateroom Host/Hostess. The total recommended gratuity is $13.50 per passenger/per day based. Total gratuity is based on the length of the cruise. Based on the $1.50 increase, this implies the head server is not one of the tipped positions included in this change.
If pre-paid gratuities were added to a reservation prior to January 18, 2019, the rate the Guest is charged will remain $12.00 per Guest, per night. Guests who add pre-paid gratuities to their reservation January 18, 2019, or later will be charged the new rate of $13.50 per Guest, per night.
The timing of price changes varies by ship:
- Disney Fantasy – Saturday January 19, 2019 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral with Star Wars Day at Sea
- Disney Magic – Sunday January 20, 2019 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami with Marvel Day at Sea
- Disney Wonder – Sunday January 20, 2019 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
- Disney Dream – Monday January 21, 2019 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
The last time Disney increased the recommended gratuities was in 2008.
Our tip calculator has been updated to reflect the change.
What are your thoughts on the increase? Do you normally add additional gratuity based on overall service or do you stick with the recommended tip amounts?