CruiseRadio.net is reporting that Carnival cruise line is raising the price for drink gratuities.
“A change to Carnival’s gratuity section on their website now states, “For beverage purchases, an automatic 18% gratuity will be added to the bill.” In the case of individual purchases, it will simply be added to the price charged to your Sail & Sign account. When purchasing a beverage package, the gratuity will automatically be factored into the overall price.
For comparison’s sake, this is in line with the gratuity charged by Royal Caribbean, and slightly less than that of Norwegian (which adds an automatic 20 percent gratuity).
Earlier this year, a change was made to the CHEERS! program involving the cap on the price of covered drinks. While it had previously covered anything up to $50, the cap is now $20 per-drink, with a 25 percent discount (off the menu price) for “any spirit or wine by the glass above $20.” The package covers up to 15 alcoholic beverages per day, as well as a wide selection of other drinks (including milkshakes and a variety of coffees).”
If you’re like me, you wake up everyday to read about another cruise line increasing the price of something.
The go-kart track on an NCL ship, gratuities on another cruise line, or an increased cost at a specialty restaurant. You have to wonder when cruise passengers will say enough is enough.
As a matter of fact, I know a couple who have sailed over 700 days on a cruise line and they have given up.
They prefer an all-inclusive resort where everything is included from top-shelf liquor to 5-star restaurants.
Here’s the dealio: I will always cruise because as a Navy veteran, I love the sea; but cruise lines need to realize that if they keep nickel and diming people to death, they will lose their longtime customers.
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