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NCL to reduce stateroom service on all ships in 2023: report

  • Cruises
  •   01-04-2023  9:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

NCL to reduce stateroom service on all ships in 2023: report
Inside a cabin on Norwegian Prima. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is reducing its cleaning services in guest staterooms aboard all of its ships in 2023, according to a leaked memo that was recently sent to crew.

The information was published by Crew Centre, a website published by former cruise ship members.

According to the letter, NCL will adjust the current daily stateroom (turn-down) service provided to guests in all categories below a suite level.

Guests staying in studio, inside, oceanview, balcony and club balcony suites will receive once-daily stateroom service.

The letter says that all other suite and Haven categories will continue to receive twice-daily stateroom service.

The new policy will be introduced on Norwegian Epic on Jan. 8 and expanded fleetwide by March 31, Crew Center reported.

Norwegian Prima. (Pax Global Media/file photo)

NCL reportedly said in its letter that the reduced service will have a positive impact on environmental sustainability by conserving water, energy and the use of chemicals and this is in line with standard practices in the cruise and hotel sector.

Furthermore, certain onboard job titles, like “Stateroom Steward” and “Junior Stateroom Steward,” will no longer exist and be changed to general position called “Stateroom Attendant,” Crew Center reports.

Additionally, Junior Stateroom Stewards will see an increase in salary, but this will scale down the salary for the current Stateroom Steward

"The elimination of these positions will phase out over time, allowing Stateroom Stewards to complete their current contract. The Jr. Stateroom Stewards onboard will be promoted to Stateroom Attendants on dates according to the implementation dates of the new structure,” NCL reportedly wrote.

Norwegian Cruise Line has not yet commented on the update. 

Increased gratuities

The update comes days after NCL increased gratuities for guests booked in suites and regular staterooms.

As of Jan. 1, Haven and suite guests will be charged $25 per day, up from $20.

All other guests will be charged $20 per day, up from $18 for club balcony suite guests and up from $16 for all other cabin categories.

Guests who booked their cruise before Jan. 1 can secure the previous rates if they prepaid service charges before the sail date.

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