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MSC Cruises to bundle taxes and fees into advertised fare nationally in US

MSC Cruises joined Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Group in moving to advertise the full fare of a trip, including taxes, fees and port expenses, nationally in the US.

This is to comply with California's new 'Honest Pricing Law,' which takes effect July 1.

The law makes it illegal for businesses, including cruise lines operating in the state, to advertise or list a price that doesn't include all fees and charges. 

Uniform approach

It is a California statute, but the North American brands of Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises and, now, MSC, all decided to taken a uniform approach for their advertised pricing across the country. (Silversea Cruises already listed total pricing.)

MSC starting June 26

MSC Cruises said starting June 26, its advertised prices for all US bookings will reflect taxes, fees and port expenses.

'This change does not impact the overall price paid by our guests or the commissionable portion of the cruise fare earned by our trusted travel partners,' the company said in a statement.