Is a 15% Gratuity Required on the Independence of the Seas?

Like many other cruise ships, the Independence of the Seas charges gratuities. It has a prepaid gratuity plan that requires you to pay $9.75 per day, which will be charged to your onboard bill. This amount is made up of gratuities of $3.50 for the waiter in the dining room, $2 for the assistant waiter, $0.75 for head waiter and $3.50 for the cabin attendant. This gratuity plan is optional, but you have to enroll in the plan if you are choosing My Time Dining. You have to be prepared to pay gratuities for beverages that you order onboard, including sodas, cocktails and other drinks, as well. For more info, see Independence of the Seas Cruise Ship

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