|First Carnival, then NCL. Now Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has announced plans to increase its fuel supplement. The new policy will apply to all three of the company's brands -- Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.|
Effective May 1, the new fuel supplement will be $8 per person, per day, for the first and second passengers in a cabin, and $3 per person, per day, for additional guests sharing the cabin. Surcharge payments will be capped at $112 per person, per cruise, for the first two passengers and $42 per person, per cruise, for additional passengers.
Currently, Royal Caribbean charges $5 per person for the first two passengers sharing a stateroom (with a max of $70 per person, per cruise). Additional passengers in the cabin do not pay a fuel surcharge.
Royal Caribbean's new surcharges are not as steep as NCL's ($9 for first two passengers, $4 for others) but higher than Carnival's ($7 for first two, $2 for others) new fees.
For more information on what lines are charging customers for rising fuel costs, check out At Your Service: Fuel Surcharges.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor