On March 1, 2013, Royal Caribbean International is changing its recommended gratuity guidelines. Automatic tips of $12 a day per person, per day for guests in standard accommodations, and $14.25 per person, per day for those in suites, will be be automatically added to passengers' SeaPass accounts each day. Gratuities will be distributed to dining staff, stateroom attendants, and housekeeping personnel.
Royal Caribbean states that the new automatic gratuity policy is based on current industry standards. The previous recommended amount was a total of $11.65 per day, per person, or $13.90 for those accommodated in suites. Passengers could previously pay by charging gratuities to their onboard account or in cash.
Gratuities may be adjusted according to the level of service passengers feel they received while on board.
The new policy only applies to passengers who have not prepaid gratuities before February 28, 2013; passengers who prepaid their tips when booking their cruise will not be charged in this manner.