Carnival Cruise Lines has removed the suggested gratuities envelope for the dining room Maitre D’ from all cabins effective December 1, 2011, except for Carnival Paradise, which begins on December 12, 2011. Even though it’s no longer expected, if the Maitre D’ (or any staff member) has given you extra special service, we suggest tipping them personally.
According to the line’s cruise director, John Heald: “They will not be part of the new $11.50 gratuity at all and there will be no announcements or videos that mention you should tip your Maitre D’.” He also stated that the Maitre D’ crew members are happy so it appears that they’re being compensated by Carnival.
The $11.50 daily/per person gratuity is a minimum required amount. All cruise lines encourage leaving more for any crew member who gave you outstanding service. Happy sailing!