Norwegian Cruise Line Raising Automatic Gratuities

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Norwegian Cruise Line will be raising automatic gratuities added to the cost of a passenger’s ticket starting on April 1.

According to CruiseCritic.com, the daily service charges for passengers in standard cabins and mini-suites will be $14.99 per person, per day, an increase from the previous fee of $14.50. Travellers sailing in The Haven or other suites will see prices jump from $17.50 to $17.99.

For passengers sailing on the Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun, the cruise line’s all-inclusive ships, they will now have to pay $20.49 instead of $19.99 when staying in standard cabins and mini-suites. Prices for customers in suites rose from $22.99 to $23.49.

Thankfully for passengers who booked their voyages before April 1, Norwegian will still honour the previous rate as long as the gratuities are paid before the sail date. The price increases come one year after the cruise line last raised gratuity rates.

CruiseCritic.com also noted Norwegian’s Hawaii-based Pride of America ship would continue charging passengers an additional General Exercise Tax of 4.275 per cent.

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Holland America Line raises daily gratuity

Holland America Line guests will be asked to pay $1 more per day in gratuities.

The current rates are $13.50 for standard accommodations and $15 for suites. Those figures jump to $14.50 and $16, respectively, for all sailings departing Dec. 1 and afterwards, except the 2019 Grand World Voyage and the 2019 Grand South America Antarctica Voyage.

The gratuity is automatically added to a guest’s shipboard account but can be adjusted up or down.

The rate was last adjusted 18 months ago. Prior to April 2017, it was $12.50 for standard cabins and $13.50 for suites.

P&O Cruises to scrap daily service charge across the fleet

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P&O Cruises will scrap the daily service charge onboard its entire fleet next year.

The move, which will come into effect from May 2019, means passengers’ bills will not include a discretionary charge – currently, £7 – for service received onboard.

If passengers want to pay a service charge they can visit reception during their cruise.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “We take huge pride in giving guests a holiday experience that’s truly memorable and special.

“By removing the daily discretionary service charge, P&O Cruises will make enjoying a cruise holiday an effortless experience, knowing that great service comes as standard.”

Crew pay will not be affected by the decision, the line has confirmed.

The news comes after the line raised its recommended daily gratuity from £6 to £7 earlier this year.

The increase came just 12 months after P&O Cruises had upped gratuities from £5 to £6.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises increased gratuities rates in January and now charge between $14.50 and $18, depending on the cabin grade.