Royal Caribbean Hikes Gratuities, Again

Shortly after the new year, Royal Caribbean will again increase the automatic gratuities which it charges its passengers. Royal Caribbean will hike the automatic gratuities which it adds onto its guests' accounts (by more than 7%) to $14.50 per person, per day. Passengers who stay in suites will pay even more, $17.50 per person, per day. USA Today explains that a family of four will now pay more than $400 in automatic gratuities on a 7 night cruise which is one of the highest gratuities in the cruise business.  The increase is the third in three years at the line. In early 2015, the Royal Caribbean's gratuity fee was $12. Like rival cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has been drastically increasing its automatic gratuities. USA Today says that Royal Caribbean's gratuity charge has now jumped by nearly 21% since May 2015 (more than five times the rate of inflation).  Cruise lines suggest that the extra gratuities go to the hard working crew members, but…

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