Norwegian Cruise Line will be increasing its gratuities for passengers from April 1, 2018.

The new rates for all ships have increased from US$13.99 to US$14.50 per person per day for any category up to a mini-suite stateroom, and from US$16.99 to US$17.50 per person per day for any suite or The Haven category.

A spokesperson from NCL, “To better address the demands of the enormously successful and the industry’s only all-inclusive cruise experience offered on Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun, those ships’ daily service charges will be adjusted from US$18.99 to US$19.99 per person per day for inside, ocean view and balcony staterooms, and from US$21.99 to US$22.99 per person per day for suites.

“Any guest that has made a booking by March 31, 2018 will have the option of prepaying their service charges at the current rate if done prior to sail date.

Guests with existing cruise reservations who have already pre-paid their service charges at the current rate are not affected.”

Other cruise lines which have increased its gratuities include Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.

NCL increased its gratuities for the first time in years, just months after it increased the price of gratuities on its drinks and special dining packages from 18 to 20 per cent.