Cruise lines add higher fees – but not all

Now Holland America plans big service-charge rise
All aboard a Holland America cruise ship this winter? Get ready for higher fees. From December 1, it is raising the daily service charge on final bills by 9% to $12.50 per person, per day – or $13.50 per person, per day (up 13%) for those in suites.
That means a family of four will pay $350 in service charges on a seven-night cruise.
But Holland America is only following other major lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Norwegian now adds $13.50 per person, per day for most cabins. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean add $12.95.
Princess and Cunard add $11.50 per person, per day in service charges, and Carnival charges $12.
However, upscale ocean lines like Azamara, Crystal, Seabourn, Regent and SeaDream have eliminated added service charges and automatic gratuities completely and they also are vanishing from river-cruise lines such as Uniworld, Tauck and Scenic Cruises.
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