Several readers have contacted me complaining about Norwegian Cruise Line's new charges on certain cruise ships (Breakaway and Getaway).
One passenger wrote: "Ncl started (secretly) charging $7.95 for room service now?!? . . . enough is enough . . . So to go up from $0 to $8 is huge. I've never been on a cruise that charges for room service. (Other than the late night charge). This plus the increased gratuities plus increasing the auto gratuities on drinks, it's getting crazy."
This passenger sent me a list of the extra charges, with room services charges, automatic gratuities and so forth together with the cover charges.
A meal for two at the chef Geoffrey Zakarian's fancy Ocean Blue restaurant on the Breakaway with the $39 cover charges (per person) and the 18% automatic gratuity quickly turns into a $92 bill without wine.
Wow. For that price, I'd rather go slumming on the Carnival Triumph and eat pizza for a week.
NCL fans are suggesting that the room service charge is just on a trial basis. We shall see . . .
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