Thursday, June 5, 2008

More Pain at the Pump: Carnival Corp Cruise Line Brands Increase Fuel Surcharge

Rising fuel costs have us all over a barrel. Literally. With no end in sight, cruise lines are feeling the squeeze just as much as their passengers. Which is why it's no surprise that Carnival Corporation's brands are upping their fuel surcharges once again. Our advice: lock your plans in now, before the increases go into effect next week.

Because of the continuing rapid escalation of fuel prices, the North American brands of Carnival Corp, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, The Yachts of Seabourn, and Costa Cruises, have announced an increase to the current fuel supplement from $7 to $9 (USD) per passenger per day. The fuel supplement on third, fourth and fifth passengers will increase from $2 to $4 (USD) per person per day. The new fuel supplements will apply to all new bookings effective June 12, 2008.

The fuel supplement is necessitated by significant rises in fuel prices which have dramatically increased Carnival Corp's operating costs. We regret having to take this action, but fuel prices continue to increase, and we find it necessary to implement a modest increase in the supplement.

Additional details about the fuel supplement increases, as well as information regarding Carnival Cruise Lines' voluntary refund of previous fuel supplement charges for bookings made prior to Nov 7, 2007, are available in's Cruise News

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