Report: Carnival Hikes Gratuity Charge

carnival breezeCarnival Cruise Line is hiking its gratuity charge by nearly 8 percent, USA Today reports. The charge will rise to $12.95 per person, per day for passengers in most cabins, or $13.95 per person, per day for passengers staying in suites, effective September 1. 

Carnival told USA Today passengers can lock in the current gratuity rate by pre-paying before Monday, May 9. The gratuity charge is a suggested amount, and passengers can adjust it by visiting the Guest Services desk while onboard. 

The new charge will be higher than the one at Holland America, which charges $12.50, and match Princess Cruises. It will remain below the charges at Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, which both charge $13.50. 

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