The gratuity applies to all guests sailing, regardless of age. These gratuities are shared among dining, bar & culinary services staff, stateroom attendants and other hotel services teams who work behind the scenes to enhance the cruise experience.
When Royal came up with this gratuity policy, it was a great way to fool those who pay gratuities. As you can see by Royal Caribbean policy they can give your tip money to just about anyone they please, even those who do not serve you. You have no idea or control who RCCL will give your money too. Royal is able to save plenty of money by having guests pay more members of the crew salaries, this has been so great for my RCCL stock. Royal gives you choices on how to tip, choose the way that works best for you. We will continue to remove our auto gratuities and tip those who deserve in cash.