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Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean will have some changes to its pricing onboard its ships, starting in just a few weeks.

Norwegian will be increasing its gratuities while Royal Caribbean will be slapping on a room service charge on its passengers.

As of April 1, gratuities fleetwide on standard cabins are currently US$13.50 per person, per day. The amount for ships will be adjusted to US$13.99 which is a 3.6 per cent increase.

But passengers on the Norwegian Sky will be slapped with a bigger increase. The gratuities for standard cabins on the Sky are increasing to US18.99 – a 41 per cent increase.

Gratuities for suites are $21.99 for the Sky and $16.99 for the rest of the fleet.

Norwegian said for any guest that has made a booking by March 31, 2017 will have the option of prepaying their service charges at the current rate if done prior to sail date.

The amounts are automatically added to a guests’ shipboard account and guests can adjust the rate upward and downward.

Royal Caribbean also announced earlier this month it would be changing its policy of room service offerings. Guests will be charged a fee of US$7.95 per order of room service from the All Day Menu and the American Section of the breakfast menu.

But the continental breakfast options will remain complimentary so guests can still take advantage of room service without any fees. Guests staying in a Grand Suite category or above will still get complimentary room service.

The change goes into effect on sailings after March 27, 2017.