Just over a week after luxury line Crystal Cruises became the first North American-based line to impose fuel surcharges on its U.K. passengers, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced that it will also head over the barrel and into the bucket.
A supplement of £2.50/€3.50 per person, per day, will apply to bookings made on or after December 10 for sailings departing after February 1, 2008. Three Royal Caribbean brands -- Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International -- will be adopting the charges.
Existing bookings and bookings on sailings that depart before February 1 will not be affected. Total supplementary costs will not exceed £35/€49 per person, per sailing.
One positive note: Groups of more than two sharing cabins will not all have to pay. Only the first and second guests in each cabin will be subject to the fee.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor
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Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Adds U.K. Fuel Surcharge
December 7, 2007