Carnival Raising Daily Gratuities
Carnival Cruise Line is raising the price of its daily gratuities, effective May 1.
Passengers in standard cabins will now pay $14.50 per person, per day, up from $13.99. Suite guests will now pay $16.50 per person, up from $15.99.
Those who are already booked can prepay their gratuities prior to May 1 at the current rate. Those who pre-pay after May 1, or don’t pre-pay at all, will be charged the new rate.
Carnival is following in the footsteps of Norwegian Cruise Line, which raised its daily service charge as of April 1.
Norwegian Star Resumes Cruises, Another Norwegian Escape Sailing Canceled
After two years with no guests, Norwegian Star resumed passenger cruises on Sunday from Spain. The vessel is kicking off a series of voyages in the Mediterranean, and in May will head north to begin a summer of sailings to destinations including Iceland, Norway, and Greenland.
As well, Norwegian Pearl kicked off Boston’s cruising season on Monday, as it begins a schedule of sailings to Bermuda. This year, Boston will have five homeported ships from four cruise lines.
In other Norwegian cruise news, the April 9 sailing of Norwegian Escape has been canceled. This is the fourth full voyage to be canceled after the ship struck bottom in the Dominican Republic in mid-March.
Resilient Lady Completes Sea Trials
Virgin Voyages’ third ship, Resilient Lady, has completed her sea trials off the coast of Italy and is another step closer to completion. During the speed trials, the ship reached an impressive speed of 23 knots, which is around 26.5 miles per hour.
The line’s first ship, Scarlet Lady, debuted in 2021, and second vessel, Valiant Lady, came out last month. Resilient Lady is scheduled to launch with guests this August from Greece.