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Disney Cruise Passengers Complain About “Awkward” Tipping Process

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?”

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The Disney Wish is joining the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and Disney Wonder in the Disney cruise ship fleet and Disney Cruise Line fleet. Disney cruises typically leave from Port Canaveral in Florida and head to destinations like the Disney Castaway Cay island. Credit: Disney

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.

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Marceline Market diners onboard the Disney Wish, which is joining the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and Disney Wonder in the Disney cruise ship fleet and Disney Cruise Line fleet. Credit: Disney

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.”

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The Disney Wish is joining the Disney Magic, Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and Disney Wonder in the Disney cruise ship fleet and Disney Cruise Line fleet.

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!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!