While most cruisers are happy to pay gratuities while on their cruise, there are a minority of people that do not agree with the system and would much rather reward those that deserve it most. With this is mind; we have since received several emails from future Holland America passengers.
The reason for this is because Holland America has increased its daily gratuity from December 1, 2015, and this price bump has angered those people set to sail after that date.
The new Holland America gratuities pricing is as follows: If you have an interior, oceanview and verandah stateroom, then the new price will be US$12.50, an increase of a dollar per person, per day. If you are in a suite, then the new price is US$13.50 PP/PP, which is an extra $1.50.
Holland America is not the first cruise line to increase their hotel service charge, as Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have also.