(1 p.m. BST) -- MSC Cruises has confirmed it will include gratuities as part of the cruise fare for UK and Irish passengers on all bookings from tomorrow.

For a family of four with two children under 12-years-old this equates to a saving of 210 euros for a seven-night cruise.

The plan was first floated in March at the launch of the line's latest ship MSC Bellissima, when MSC's UK & Ireland managing director Antonio Paradiso said: "Gratuities are optional in the UK & Ireland [at the moment]. Gratuities will be included for the UK & Ireland from 2nd April."

However, at the time this was just for sailings from the UK; the latest announcement applies to bookings across the entire fleet.

A statement from the line read: "Any bookings made before this date, regardless of departure date will be subject to the existing booking terms that state service charge will be included as part of the onboard invoice, however it is optional and can be removed on board at the request of the guests."

The move follows that of P&O Cruises, who removed auto-gratuities earlier this year; and Saga, which goes fully all-inclusive from November. Marella Cruises also includes tip in the fare price.