Australia/New Zealand: The New “Hot” Cruise Destination & Market for Mainstream US Cruise Lines


Is Australia the new “Hot” destination and market in the cruise industry? If you ask the American cruise lines the answer would be a resounding “yes.” More and more mainstream American owned cruise lines who have only dipped their toe into this market previously, are now diving head first and making either year round or… [Continue Reading]

Cruise Lines Increase Automatic Gratutity Charges and Recommended Tipping


Prompted by the recent announcement that Carnival has updated their tipping information on their web page with an increase from $10 a day per person to $11.50 per day per person, Cruise Talk had made a complete update to all of our listed cruise companies tipping policies and rates.
Lines with increases since… [Continue Reading]

Properly Bugeting for Your Cruise


As a subscriber to Travel and Leisure Magazine I have noticed that quite often their featured hotels and destinations are priced well over what my vacation budget would allow. Recently, in their “Ask T+L” segment, a reader wrote them looking for advice on cruising on budget. While I found most of… [Continue Reading]

Should Cruise Lines Rethink Their Tipping Policies?


Should cruise lines rethink their tipping policies? A surprising number of our readers think that the current tipping policies are in need of a drastic re-haul.
Cruise Talk Poll
If you prefer “No Tipping Required” on a cruise, how should cruise lines handle service, wages, and tipping?
* The current tipping policies… [Continue Reading]

Surprising Tipping Poll Results Are In


Wow, I was really surprised by how many of our readers don’t like the tipping policies of most cruise lines. Nearly half of our poll responders specified that they think tipping should be included in the cruise price. For those cruisers who don’t mind tipping 20% do it in cash. Our… [Continue Reading]