20 Sep 2013

Budgeting 101~Gratuities on Disney Cruise Line

Just like when you travel to Disney you tip Mousekeeping, on Disney Cruise Line you would tip your crew. Not only is the service impeccable, but you actually develop a relationship with the crew as you are personally assigned several crew members just to make your trip extra magical!

 With this service comes the expectation that you will tip. Disney has implemented the prepaid gratuities method on their ships. This is where you have the option to prepay your tips in advance so that you do not have to worry about them later.

 See this chart that gives you the breakdown of tips per person on each sailing.

Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Server $12 $16 $20 $24
Asst. Server $9 $12 $15 $18
Head Server $3 $4 $5 $7
$12 $16 $20 $24
Total $36 $48 $60 $72
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Server $28 $32 $40 $44
Asst. Server $21 $24 $30 $33
Head Server $7 $8 $10 $11
$28 $32 $40 $44
Total $84 $96 $120 $132
Per Person
Per Person
Per Person
Server $48 $56 $60
Asst. Server $36 $42 $45
Head Server $12 $14 $15
$48 $56 $60
Total $144 $168 $180

Dining Manager – Guest Discretion
Room Service – Guest Discretion


 A few notes about prepaid gratuities. You can add them at the time if booking or up until three days before you sail. If you do not add them, I want to warn you that they will be automatically added to your shipboard account. If you do not want them added to your shipboard account then be sure to stop at guest services and let them know.

 What you can do is add them to your account before you sail or on the ship and pay for them using Disney Gift Cards in which you will save the 5% that I spoke about yesterday.

 My total savings

Cost of Gratuities:250.00

With 5% off: 237.50

Total Savings:12.50

 I know that it is not a huge savings but at the end of the series when we add up all of the savings you will see how cutting corners in each area can really add up!

 Planning a Disney Cruise? Contact us today and get up to a 500.00 shipboard credit when you book your cruise with us. 877-825-6146 or info@thewdwguru.com.


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