If you are looking to take a cruise to Bermuda, it may soon cost you a little more. The House of Assembly in Bermuda is looking at adding new taxes on cruise ship passengers the Royal Gazette is reporting.
The fees were proposed by tourism minister Zane Desliva that’s part of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Amendment Bill 2019. Here is a rundown of the cruise taxes that may be increased, and new taxes/fees that Bermuda is considering adding.
For cruise passengers leaving Bermuda between April 1 and October 31, they will be charged $16 each. The only exemptions will be crew members, passengers arriving by reason of distress, and infants.
The proposed bill ups the penalty for non-payment of departure tax from $25 to $75. For cruise ships that carry more than 4,000 passengers, the tax levied will be $22 per passenger (from April to the end of October).
The passenger tax will remain at $20 per person ($60 maximum) for each 24 hour period the ship is docked in Hamilton or St. George.
Passengers on cruise ships that dock at the Dockyard will see an increase to $25 per day ($75 maximum).
Cruise port fees and taxes are generally added to the price of cruise fares when booking a cruise.