Cruise guests face higher tourist taxes when visiting popular stop

Cruise Bahamas

Many cruise routes visit the Bahamas

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 28/09/2023

- 09:51

Updated: 03/10/2023

- 13:56

Cruisegoers will face new charges from 2024

British holidaymakers on cruises stopping in the Bahamas could soon be hit with additional charges.

Some cruise lines could pass on increases that are being made to the charge at ports.

Port charges will increase by $5 (around £4.11) per person, going from $18 (£14.80) to $23 (£18.90).

Some cruise lines have private islands. Those who stop at a private island without visiting another port in the Bahamas will be charged $25 (£25.50) per person.


Cruise guests visiting the Bahamas could face additional charges


The Bahamas government will also add a $5 environmental tax and $2 (£1.60) tourism enhancement tax for cruise guests.

Some cruise lines will include port fees in the cost of their package, while others will pass it on to guests as an additional charge.

The new charges will be introduced from January 1, 2024.

Many cruise providers have already been in touch with travellers who have booked a cruise after this time.

Caribbean cruises are a popular option among Britons, especially over Christmas and at the start of the year.

It's a chance to get some winter sun, however the cruises don't come cheap.

Holidaymakers should check with their cruise line if they will be charged extra.

The Bahamas is not the first popular holiday destination to introduce a tourist tax.

Britons face a new tourist tax at a popular European holiday spot.

Cruise ship on water

Caribbean cruises are popular during the winter months


Those visiting Iceland will need to pay a tourist tax, although the cost of this has not yet been confirmed.

This will be introduced as a measure to help the country reach sustainability goals.

Venice is also set to install a daily charge for anyone over the age of 14.

This would cost €5 (around £4.29) per day and should be taken into consideration when planning holidays.

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