Celebrity Cruises to increase daily gratuity charge

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Celebrity Cruises is hiking its daily gratuity charge by $1 to recognise the work of its crew members.

Passengers staying in standard staterooms will now pay $15.50, while Concierge Class and AquaClass staterooms are charged $16.

Suite Class passengers must pay $19. All charges are automatically added to passengers’ onboard accounts unless gratuities have been pre-paid before embarkation.

The new rate comes into effect on Monday, January 6. Guests can add additional gratuities if they choose.

A Celebrity Cruises spokesperson said: “Known for its highly personalised service, Celebrity Cruises is adjusting the automatic daily gratuities for onboard guests.

“Most importantly, it recognises the exceptional work by our onboard staff and crew to deliver unforgettable modern luxury holidays every day.”

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.

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.