Devil's in the Detail: The Norwegian Cruise $12 per day Service Charge
I agree a service charge should be assessed. Sure. The NCL employees work hard making other people happy while they're on vacation.
But is a 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old,etc really going to remember or appreciate that service, or even recognize that a service was done? Probably not.
I don't have kids so I don't know what the cruise staff does that goes above and beyond to earn that $12 per day, as per the cruise agreement. But I have a hard time believing it's as much work as making a 21 year old, 30 year old, 40 year old, 50 year old or 60 year old, etc just as happy.
Like I said, I could be wrong. I don't know first hand.
I might take note of this on the upcoming cruise because I am definitely curious.
Tips should definitely be given - in the recent Applebee's debacle I'm on the waitress' side - but I think the cruise corporation should re-look at their age to start charging the $12/ day or have a lesser amount for those under the age of 10.