It'll cost you nearly 17% more this summer to dine at the steakhouses on Carnival cruise ships.
The world's largest cruise line this month is hiking the fee it charges customers at on-board steakhouses by $5 to $35 per person -- a 16.7% increase.
In a statement sent to USA TODAY, Carnival blames rising commodity costs for the rise. "The increase was necessitated as a result of higher food costs and is consistent with other alterative restaurant charges within the cruise industry," Carnival says. "This is the first fee increase for the steakhouses in several years."
Thirteen of Carnival's 24 ships currently feature extra-charge steakhouses: Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze.
A fourteenth Carnival ship, the Carnival Destiny, will receive a steakhouse later this year as part of an extensive makeover in dry dock.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today