Did we see this one coming. Many posts even from on board ship.
HAL Levies Dining Fee
Holland America, one of the last holdouts in levying
service surcharges for dining in alternative
restaurants, has launched a test program:
passengers who dine at Zaandam’s Marco Polo,
will, through August, pay $10 apiece. The cruise
line will evaluate the program at month’s end and
decide whether to spread it to other ships in the
ifleet with alternative eateries (such as Amsterdam
and Rotterdam)...or not. So far, a spokesman says
that Zaandam passengers have not robustly
objected to paying the new service charge.
Beyond Holland America, Renaissance is the only
big-ship (or, rather, medium-to-big-ship) line that
doesn’t charge a fee for eating in its boutique
restaurants. Otherwise, a’la carte service fees range
from Crystal’s low of $6 to Celebrity’s $25 high.