Norwegian eliminates fare discount for babies

By Johanna Jainchill
Norwegian Cruise Line has informed travel agents that from now on, it is going to charge children under the age of 2 the same cruise fare it charges for all kids.

The cruise line previously charged kids under the age of 2 a portion of the cruise fare plus taxes and fees, a price that varied by the cruise. A Norwegian spokesperson said that all children, regardless of age, now pay the same rate.

The move brings Norwegian in line with what Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines do, which is charge the same fare for all children. That price is typically the reduced fare charged to the third or fourth passengers in a cabin when they are traveling with two adults.

Under the new policy, the fare for kids under 2 will be about $100 more than before, estimated a Norwegian spokesperson.

Anthony Hamawy, president of Cruise.com, said he did not think the change would have a major impact on cruisers.

“I don’t think it is big issue," he said. "If you break it down, it’s a small number of people that cruise with children that age.”

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