Norwegian Cruise Line to increase service fees for passengers in all cabins

Latest cruise line service fee hike effective April 1

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest cruise line to announce a service fee hike.

The move brings the cruise company in line with other recent service fee increases by Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America and Princess.

According to USA Today, starting April 1 NCL’s service fee will jump 3.6% for an approximate cost of US$13.99 per person, per day for passengers staying in most cabins on the ship.

Suite passengers will be paying $16.99 per person, per day, an increase of close to 10%.

Much like resort fees for hotel vacationers, cruise line service fees are becoming a hot button issue for cruise passengers.

In a more agent-friendly move, USA Today reports that last week Lindblad Expeditions announced it was including service charges in its base fares. Several river cruise lines include the service charge in their (commissionable) base fares as well.

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