Norwegian Cruise Line is raising gratuities on April 1, and one
ship, the Norwegian Sky, will have a bigger increase than the others.
Gratuities fleetwide on standard cabins are currently $13.50
per person, per day. The amount for ships other than Norwegian Sky will be
adjusted to $13.99, a 3.6% increase. Daily gratuities for standard cabins on
the Sky are rising to $18.99, a 41% increase.
Gratuities for suites are $21.99 for the Sky and $16.99 for
the rest of the fleet, up from $15.50 currently.
Norwegian said the new gratuity schedule for the Sky was
implemented "to better address the demands of the enormously successful
all-inclusive product." The ship, which does short cruises from Miami, has
had an open bar since the start of 2016. Beginning in May, the Sky's four-day
cruises will include a stop in Havana instead of the Bahamas.
Norwegian said any guest that has made a booking by March
31, 2017 will have the option of prepaying their service charges at the current
rate if done prior to sail date.
The gratuity amounts are automatically added to a guest's
shipboard account. Guests can adjust the rate upward or downward.