Norwegian to Raise Gratuities

If you book a trip with Norwegian Cruise Line, expect to pay more for those “free” perks. For new bookings, the automatic gratuity the line tacks on to the Ultimate Beverage and Specialty Dining packages has gone up from 18 percent to 20 percent, effective immediately.

Details On The Gratuity Charge Hike
The latest increase in gratuities charges would be easy to miss if one wasn’t looking for it. After all, the increase hasn’t been publicized by the line, and it is being automatically added to the “perks” associated with Norwegian’s popular Free At Sea program. Free At Sea offers a variety of perks to passengers upon booking, with how many are available to them based on the category of stateroom being booked. While the perks occasionally change, the Ultimate Beverage and Specialty Dining packages are almost always available, and each are incredibly popular. The service charge in question only shows up in the final stage of booking, where it is listed as “Choice Promo Srvc Chrg.”
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This comes on the heels of the recent decision to increase the per-day price of the package. Including gratuity, Norwegian’s beverage package now runs over $100 a day tor those purchasing it outright as opposed to receiving it as a perk.
How much are you willing to pay for unlimited drinks during your cruise? Norwegian Cruise Line believes that you’ll be willing to pay over $100 a day not to worry about running up a tab that will come due at the end of the week. 

How much you wind up paying will depend on whether you choose one or both of the perks, as well as the length of your sailing. On a 7-day sailing, the 20 percent gratuity on the beverage package will now add $124.60 to your total bill, while the dining package (which on a week-long trip gives you the opportunity to dine in specialty restaurants for free on three of those evenings) will come with a total charge of $13.80.
Will Stateroom Gratuity Charges Be Next?
Of course, whenever you talk about gratuities, the mind of a cruiser instantly goes to the daily fee charged by most cruise lines and divided among the staff, including those behind the scenes. Currently, Norwegian’s gratuity stands at $13.90 per per (over the age of 3) per day. One of the first questions raised by cruisers across various social media forums was whether the line would next raise those rates as well. (This would likely impact not only NCL’s passengers, but those on other lines as history has proven that when one line raises their daily gratuity rate, the others quickly follow.)

7 Answers

Will not effect me as I don’t get the beverage package. But is it just me or does it seem every time I look it seems NCL is raising the gratuities.

At $100 per day, I will drink iced teaSad

I really don't mind the normal gratuity charges, but there comes a point where they raise it past being a gratuity.

(Yes, I do realize that if they force you to pay it, it is no longer a gratuity, but that is a different argument).

At that rate, they will be advertising free cruises, with only $200/day gratuity.

Yeah it is how they can afford to give the Free at Sea drink package because they make up for the base cost on the gratuities now. Ah well it is what it is.

I'm sure there are many willing to pay that much per day. I don't foresee them running into any issues with this change.

Norwegian always seems to be the first through the wall

If they don't pick one of your pockets they pic another one......any way it happens they get the $$. Mandatory tipping or price increase does not matter what they call it, it is still more $ to be paid.

I will agree it does always seam to be NCL increasing the tips first.

If we cruise with NCL we wouldn't be choosing either of those packages, but I can see the cruiselines increasing regular gratuities at some time.


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