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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.

Norwegian Sun starts Cuba Cruises from Port Canaveral

The first cruise from Port Canaveral to visit Cuba is expected to dock in Havana on May 9.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun is doing a series of four-day voyages from the central Florida port, on an itinerary that makes a call in Key West before overnighting in Havana.

The 1,936-passenger Sun is coming off a drydock and will be berthed at the port’s Cruise Terminal 10, recently renovated at a cost of more than $35 million.

Norwegian continues to sail five-day cruises from Miami to Cuba on the Norwegian Sky.