If you have ever been on a cruise like a Disney cruise or Royal Caribbean cruise instead of a land-based vacation or trip, then you already know that there are some big differences between the two types of experiences. When it comes to Disney Cruise Line cruise vacations on ships like the newly-christened Disney Wish cruise ship, there is apparently one particularly discomfiting practice that has Disney Cruise Guests rattled!
In a recent conversation on the website called Reddit, Reddit user and Disney Cruise Guest 18_USC_1001 began sharing a gripe that they have with Disney Cruise Line’s tipping policy. “The tipping process is insane; Disney should pay its staff adequately and fairly,” they wrote.
“With what the cruise costs and the inequality of only some customer-facing staff being tipped, it seems insane that this practice hasn’t been ended,” the Disney Cruise Guest continued. “What benefit does this awkward interaction provide to the experience?”
Other Disney Cruise passengers (who did not share if they experienced Disney cruises on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Fantasy, or Disney Wish) agreed, pointing out that “the weird tipping that DCL does where you awkwardly give envelopes to everybody” makes the act particularly cringeworthy.
Some Disney Cruise vacation novices might not realize that, according to one participant in the conversation, “If you do nothing, you get charged the standard amount for tips automatically. No envelopes, no cash, no nothing. If you want, you can put ‘receipts’ in envelopes for the standard top amount and give it to your servers. It’s slightly more personal that way. If you want you can put the recipes and add extra cash into the envelopes if you felt like they deserve more.”
Another Disney Cruise fan pointed out that “you can also go to guest services and adjust up or down the tips” during your trip onboard a member of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Cruise Line actually does have a gratuities-focused FAQ webpage on its website to address questions like these, so clearly the “awkward” element of tipping and gratuities has not gone unnoticed.
However, as one of the previously-mentioned Disney Cruise visitors succinctly put it, “its a big fuss over nothing. If it’s confusing, literally just do anything and you did it right.”
Do you agree that Disney Cruise Line uses a “confusing” system when it comes to leaving tips for Disney Cruise staff like servers who work during dining experiences?
Do you think that Walt Disney Company staff and Disney employees should be paid more across the board (in Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort as well as on Disney cruises), and that tipping should indeed be a practice that goes extinct on Disney trips? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!