yesterday we shared Princess raises cost of daily ‘crew appreciation’ fare Beginning of February. The new rates are $1.50 higher per person per day and about 10% higher for most rooms.
We’ve just noticed another price increase in the cruise line’s lineup of drink packages right now, along with other adjustments.
first, Plus Beverage Package The price of drinks available in this offer has changed from $12 per glass to $15 per glass. Also, although the package stated “juice” only, it clearly states “Fresh juice and healthy smoothie (juice bar) included.”
But the bigger change is the price increase. $59.99 per day to $64.99 per dayor an additional $5 plus an 18% automatic tip.
The new adjustments will take effect for cruises departing on February 20, 2023.
of Premium Beverage Package undergoing similar changes. In that case, the price per drink offered in the package would change from $18 per glass to $20 per glass. Also, the terms have been changed to specify the same fresh juices and smoothies as the Plus Beverage package, rather than just “juice.”
There are also price increases.In this case the high-end package is $79.99 per person per day (plus 18% tip) to $84.99 per day.
Higher prices but still in line with the industry
In total, the $5 extra per day for each package comes to about $41 for a week cruise, including the 18% automatic gratuity fee.
So the extra charges (especially when combined with the higher announced daily service charges) are nothing to sneeze at. However, these rates are still in line with several other cruise lines and among the lowest in the industry.
For example, Princess’s sister cruise line, Carnival, offers drink packages purchased onboard for $64.99 per day.
Competitor in the luxury market, Celebrity Cruises, charges $69 per person per day for the basic package and $84 for the high-end premium package.
and Norwegian Cruise Line We just increased the package price to $109 and $139.respectively, each day of the cruise.
No one likes prices going up, but when you look around cruising, the new costs aren’t exorbitant.
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