|Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has caved in and joined the growing number of cruise lines to increase its fuel surcharge on all bookings made on or after May 1 (yesterday).|
The new surcharge is £3.50 per person, per night for the first two passengers in a cabin, and £1.50 per person, per night for the third and fourth occupants in a stateroom. The supplement will be capped at £70 per person, per cruise.
Those who booked between 21 December 2007 and 30 April 2008 are locked into the initial surcharge of £2.50 per person, per day, applicable only to the first two passengers in a cabin (third and fourth passengers do not have to pay).
Fred. Olsen, which is also marketing some ships and trips to North American travellers, is levying the fuel tax on those passengers too; the new surcharge for the first two passengers is $6.30 per passenger, per night and $2.70 per person, per night for the third and fourth occupant. Again, the rate will be capped at a maximum $126 per person for the cruise.
Like nearly every other line, U.K.-based Fred. Olsen has said that due to rising cost in fuel the move has become necessary. Other lines that recently have upped their own supplements include Disney Cruise Line, Oceania, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Azamara and Celebrity.
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor