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Cruise lines add higher fees – but not all


Now Holland America plans big service-charge rise
All aboard a Holland America cruise ship this winter? Get ready for higher fees. From December 1, it is raising the daily service charge on final bills by 9% to $12.50 per person, per day – or $13.50 per person, per day (up 13%) for those in suites.
That means a family of four will pay $350 in service charges on a seven-night cruise.
But Holland America is only following other major lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Norwegian now adds $13.50 per person, per day for most cabins. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean add $12.95.
Princess and Cunard add $11.50 per person, per day in service charges, and Carnival charges $12.
However, upscale ocean lines like Azamara, Crystal, Seabourn, Regent and SeaDream have eliminated added service charges and automatic gratuities completely and they also are vanishing from river-cruise lines such as Uniworld, Tauck and Scenic Cruises.
USA Today


  1. And just a few years ago it was up to the customer , although guidelines were given.
    Very tricky…but airlines are into the same thing, charging extrs for this and that.
    dining in the USA (tipping system) another “trap” for specially european travellers.
    Give us the full and total price.
    do not make us feel cheated on….!


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