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If they go much higher, how will they justify calling it a "gratuity" or "service charge" rather than a hidden fee?

At the moment, it seems to be at 10-15% of a balcony fare.

I agree, but here is a question. Is it just me or does it seem as though NCL is raising theirs at a faster rate than the other cruise lines?

Someone has to go first.  Here is what I have noticed.   NCL will be the first to raise auto-grats.

RCCL will be the first to raise prices.  Carnival will be the first to remove something, table cloths, chocolates, staff, etc.

Nice observation. We sailed on Carnival last August for the first time in years. When we went into the MDR the first night the wife and I were surprised that there were no tablecloths. 

Reasonable observation... the consumer gets to choose what they are willing to pay for or do without.

I agree

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