UBP Price Increase in Norwegian Cruise Line Posted October 4, 2018 It's covering your gratuity. You do not need to tip the bartenders anything extra as you have already paid the service charge. It's much more than the tips would be... which is why others say it's a fare increase. But it does cover all of your beverage tips, if that is what you are curious about. Yes, that was what I was wondering. I know the OP always has money to tip with from his reviews and I wondered if he (or anyone else) had further insights. I want to make sure they get tipped but I don't want to tip twice unless they give me a reason and I make that concious choice.