P&O have just announced that they are raising the price of their gratuity charge.
The daily service charge paid per guest (known as the Service Reward Programme to P&O) is changing from £5 a day to £6 a day.
All passengers aged 12 and above will have to pay this charge, per person per day, unless they opt to remove their gratuities.
In a statement about the surprising move P&O said that: “For cruises departing March 27 2017 onwards, the daily amount for each guest aged 12 and over is £6.00. The Service Reward appears on the account as a ‘service charge’.
“Should any guest wish to reward a crew member personally in addition to this or if they wish to vary the amount in any way they may do this at reception on board.”
P&O have always had a historically low service charge compared to their competition and the fee has not been raised largely since 2015 when the price changed from £3.95 to £5.
Our cruise community reacted to the news and told us their thoughts…
Ilovesunshine told us: “I won’t be queuing to remove it unless we receive poor service. We have only once removed tips out of 30 cruises.”
Mauden thought that it was: “Still very reasonable compared to a lot of other lines.”
On the other hand, Carol said: “Just my opinion of course, but if they keep raising them, people will just stop paying them altogether!” You can read what else our forum made of the news here!