Published on : Thursday, December 28, 2017
The cruise company of Royal Caribbean has decided to raise the automatic gratuity thereby increasing the bills by over 7% to $14.50 every person, per day for passengers staying in a majority of the cabins.
And the passengers residing in suites would need to pay about $17.50 per person, per say.
With this rise a family of four would be required to pay over $400 in terms of automatic gratuities on a typical seven-night cruise that is one of the highest levels in the business.
Among the major lines Carnival adds as much as $12.95 per person, per day in service charges to passenger bills.
And Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line would be adding about $13.50 and $13.99 respectively. The increase is the third in three years at the line. Recently as the spring of 2015 Royal Caribbean’s gratuity fee was just about $12.
Like other major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has been pushing up its gratuity charges at a rapid rate in the recent years.
And with the forthcoming increase the gratuity fees of the line would be jumping by 21% since May 2015. That is actually more than five times the rate of inflation in the USA over the same period.
The U.S. Department of Labor has recorded a rise of 3.7% in inflation as was measured by its Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) since May 2015.
Royal Caribbean said that customers with existing reservations for 2018 can lock in the lower gratuity rates by pre-paying them prior to 2nd January.