NCL adds more Up-Charges

And so it seems like Norwegian is not done upping up prices. Now they are testing a new up-charge for a special menu for room service. The charge can go up to $7.95 per order for the specialty items and it will be introducing it in Norwegian Breakaway and The Getaway. It is said that the regular items will still be available for no charge. This seems to be a test as they are not releasing it in the entire fleet. While other cruise lines have similar charges, I have to say that this is not something that I enjoy seeing in the industry.


Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced an enhanced room service menu that is debuting on board Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway. The new menu offers an expanded selection for breakfast, in addition to a wider variety of options available 24 hours.

Individual items on the menu remain available on a complimentary basis and a convenience charge of up to $7.95 will be added to each order placed(Room Service orders placed by guests sailing in Suites and The Haven will not attract a charge)*.

Room service is one of up to 29 dining options offered across the fleet, and guests continue to be able to enjoy a wide array of complimentary choices onboard 24 hours a day.

Those who know me, know that I am not a fan of Norwegian’s new CEO Frank J. Del Rio. He seems more interested in the bottom line of the company more than anything else. He is running the company in a way that only seems to benefit stockholders, and not us cruisers. This news comes right after he decides to implement an obligatory 18% gratuity in all specialty dining and entertainment dining venues. While I will admit that I usually tip more than the 18%, the fact that all these new obligatory up-charges keep popping up, is not something that I support. And let’s not forget his recent statement that NCL required $4 more a day per person.

I really do hope that all these new changes do not affect the company in a negative way. After all NCL is one of my favorite companies, and I can’t wait to try some of their new vessels. As a matter of fact, I am already booked on Norwegian Escape!