2020 is bringing some new changes for passengers taking a trip with Celebrity Cruises. The line announced this week it will be raising its daily gratuity rate effective January 6, 2020. According to CruiseRadio.net, the increase will be 6.9 percent above the current rate.

Tips on standard staterooms changed from $14.50 to $15.50 per day, per guest. Concierge Class and AquaClass staterooms changed from $15 to $16 per day, per guest. And Suite Class accommodations changed from $18 to $19 per day, per guest, according to CruiseRadio.

The website also noted that Celebrity sent a message to its travel agents, guests and partners explaining that “gratuities are shared by our exceptional onboard dining and culinary services team, stateroom attendants, other housekeeping services personnel, as well as staff from other departments who work behind the scenes to enhance your cruise experience.”

Guests who have already booked passage and have prepaid their gratuities will not be charged the increased fee. Passengers who book now until Jan. 6 can also avoid the new rates by prepaying gratuities.

So I'm asking you, What do you think? is fair? Should tips go even higher?

I'm not picking a side here, at the end of the day something is only worth what people are willing to pay for it.

But I'll tell you what gets me, the cruise lines have been getting away with paying their employees as little as possible by registering their ships in tax/legal havens. It's not that they do not have the money to pay more and decently, it is simply that they keep on getting away with it.

Their “Savings” are passed to us, the passenger. Rasing gratuity rates it is just one more way for them to pass the buck to us. instead of putting their hands into their own pockets and paying those hard-working, dedicated employees what they deserve!