Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Carnival Corp Announces Revised Fuel Supplement

Because of the continuing rapid escalation of fuel prices, the North American brands of Carnival Corporation, including Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, and Seabourn, have announced an increase to the current fuel supplement from $5.00 to $7.00 per passenger, per day. The lines will also implement a fuel supplement on third, fourth and fifth passengers of $2 per person per day. The new fuel supplements will apply to all new bookings effective April 21, 2008. The fuel supplements will not exceed $98 per person per voyage for the first and second guests and $28 per person per voyage for the third, fourth and fifth guests in a stateroom.

This fuel supplement adjustment is necessitated by significant rises in fuel prices which have dramatically increased Carnival Corporation's operating costs. The company relates, "We regret having to take this action, but fuel price increases have continued, and we now find it necessary to implement a modest increase in the supplement to partially offset a portion of soaring fuel costs. We hope that our guests will understand that this is a necessary step in today’s challenging economic environment."

For bookings made from Nov 7, 2007 to April, 20, 2008, the original fuel supplement of $5 per person per day will apply.

On a related note, Carnival Corporation previously announced a voluntary refund of the fuel supplement for bookings that were made prior to Nov 7, 2007, under an agreement with the Florida Attorney General's Office. For details, see Cruise Diva's March 31st blog entry.

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