Big news! British favourite P&O Cruises have announced they will scrap the daily service charge onboard its entire fleet next year.

When will this happen?

The move will come into effect as of May 2019.

What does this mean?

It means that passengers’ bills will not include the discretionary charge of £7 per day, to cover the service received onboard. If you still want to pay a service charge however, you can still do so by visiting reception during your cruise.

The cruise line has confirmed that crew pay will not be affected by the decision. This fabulous news comes after P&O Cruises actually raised its recommended daily gratuity from £6 to £7 earlier this year – which itself happened just 12 months after they upped it from £5 to £6.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said – “We take huge pride in giving guests a holiday experience that’s truly memorable and special. By removing the daily discretionary service charge, P&O Cruises will make enjoying a cruise holiday an effortless experience, knowing that great service comes as standard.”

It seems like cruise lines are catering more and more to the British market. Marella Cruises also include the cost of tips in the holiday price, meaning guests can step onboard and know service charges are all taken care of.

American giants like Royal Caribbean®and Celebrity Cruises®still have gratuities in place, varying between $14.50 and $18 depending on the cabin grade.

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