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Old September 6th, 2010, 07:11 PM
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I'm looking to book my first cruise, and I'd like to sail on Norwegian; however, I've noticed that the cruise line has considerably higher taxes and government fees. Does anyone know why? It almost looks like some sort of a scam to get you to pay more. I've looked at similar destinations, all going out of the same ports, and here's the thing: Norwegian's taxes and fees are always higher, sometimes two or three times as much. More expensive cruises on other lines often wind up being cheaper because their taxes and fess are so much less. Is there something else included in the taxes and fees that I'm not understanding?
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I would think that if Royal, Nowegian, and Carnival all visit Nassau; they would pay a similar price for port charges; the cost may have to do with the size of ship and amount of passengers being brought in.
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I'm looking to book my first cruise, and I'd like to sail on Norwegian; however, I've noticed that the cruise line has considerably higher taxes and government fees. Does anyone know why? It almost looks like some sort of a scam to get you to pay more. I've looked at similar destinations, all going out of the same ports, and here's the thing: Norwegian's taxes and fees are always higher, sometimes two or three times as much. More expensive cruises on other lines often wind up being cheaper because their taxes and fess are so much less. Is there something else included in the taxes and fees that I'm not understanding?
The taxes and port charges are part of a bucket called "non-commisionable" fees. There are other "things" in this bucket but these fees are usually very close among cruise lines.

Can you give us the ship, date and the ports? It would be interesting to compare and get to the bottom of it.

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Might it also be that the NCL prices the OP is seeing include the mandatory service charge of $12 per day? Just a thought.
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Dave, is the $12 fee in addition to port charges or is this something different?
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NCL charges $12 per person/per day for the mandatory service charge (tips). I was thinking maybe the place where the OP was looking at prices was rolling the service charge into the mix and that was why the fees looked so high.
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I always thought that all the cruiselines pretty much charged the same "port" fees and taxes...I'm also thinking may-be something else is already included in that charge??
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It can't be the $12/d fee because that shows up on your on board acct.
I have never noticed the discrepanc the OP cites but am going to do some research now that I'm curious. Wonder if it depends on port services such as taking on potable water, discharging waste. Maybe not all ships do this at each port. Just a though.
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I was just looking at a quote for Norwegian Star, Panama Canal Dec 5, 13 nights and port taxes are $297 p.p.. So just who is charging what?
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It can't be the $12/d fee because that shows up on your on board acct.
I have never noticed the discrepanc the OP cites but am going to do some research now that I'm curious. Wonder if it depends on port services such as taking on potable water, discharging waste. Maybe not all ships do this at each port. Just a though.
I think you'll find that port charges for any Panama Canal cruise are steep.
They charge either by the length or weight of the ship-a total transit is REALLY costly!
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