On December 6th, NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line announced the increase in daily services charges, providing gratuities to key onboard crew.
In a letter sent to passengers and travel agents, the company said that starting January 1, 2023, it will be making "a nominal adjustment to the daily service charges."
The new daily service charges per person per day are US$25.00 for guests in The Haven & Suite, and US$20.00 for Club Balcony Suite/below.
In comparison with the previous years, this is the steepest/biggest jump in the increase of crew gratuities. It is also the 2nd time in a year that NCL has increased the gratuities.
Back in March 2022, the company increased the daily service charges to US$20.00 for guests in The Haven & Suite, US$18.00 for Club Balcony Suite, and US$16.00 for Balcony /below.
In comparison with the increase in March, the latest adjustment is a 25% increase for passengers in The Haven & Suite, 11% for Club Balcony Suites, and a 25% increase for those in Balcony cabins/below (with the latest increase in the Balcony/below category aligned with the Club Balcony Suites).
The good news is for the crew working as restaurant servers, room stewards, and behind-the-scenes support staff fleetwide. With the latest announcement, they might see a salary increase of at least 15% from January 2023.