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How much should I pay for tips?

During your time on board, you'll be looked after by lots of people - waiters, buffet staff and cabin stewards, who'll go out of their way to make each moment of your holiday special.  

Rewarding good service every time it happens isn’t always easy. So, our Service Reward Programme is a simple, one-off way for you to say ‘thank you’ for all the service you receive. A discretionary amount of £7.00 is added to your on-board account for each night you are onboard (eg. a 2 night cruise would be a total of £14pp, and a 7 night cruise would be a total of £49pp), for each guest aged 12 and over. This helps reward the waiters and buffet staff as well as your cabin steward or butler, who greatly appreciate your recognition of their hard work. 

It means you can relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing tips are taken care of. 

The Service Reward appears on your on-board account statement as a ‘service charge’ and is confirmed in your holiday information booklet, accessed through your Cruise Personaliser. If you wish to change the amount of service charge you pay, simply contact Reception.

You can also personally recognise a crew member by nominating them for our Outstanding Service Award. So, if someone goes the extra mile for you, use the nomination cards at Reception to let us know. It’s an opportunity for crew members to gain recognition they deserve, as well as prizes and a cash award.

P&O do not charge a service charge when purchasing drinks onboard.

For cruises departing after May 2019* tipping isn't required on board - good service, good value and good times are all part and parcel of your P&O Cruises holiday.

*For all cruises departing on or after cruise numbers A911, B912, E911/A, J903, N910, R907, X907.


Pre-Payment of Tips

It is not possible to pre-pay tips prior to boarding the ship, however should you wish, you may pre-purchase on board spending money which can be used to cover the cost of the service charge added to your on-board account and other costs you may incur on board.

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