11 OCT 2018: Holland America Line has upped its onboard service charges by US $1 per guest, per day. The updated prices take effect immediately for sailings beginning December 1, 2018.

Gratuity fees will now be $14.50 daily for standard cabins and $16 for suite guests.

Of course, the daily charge, which remains 'discretionary' and can be revised up or down depending on the guest's appreciation of the service levels.

Though many passengers continue to suspect otherwise, cruise lines maintain that gratuity revenues go directly into the pocket of guest facing crewmembers and other support staff.

Now a dollar a day doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it is actually about a seven percent increase. Holland America’s last raise in gratuities was in May last year.

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