Two more cruise lines have joined the growing number of companies forced to raise fuel surcharges due to the tanking situation at pumps worldwide. Windstar, with its unique masted ships, and Majestic America Line, the largest river cruise line in America, have both announced that they will increase their fuel surcharge from $8.50 to $10 per person, per day.
For Windstar passengers, the new $10 surcharge applies to all published sailings through the spring of 2009 booked on or after May 19, 2008. MAL's surcharge applies to all currently published sailings through the 2008 season, for all new bookings beginning May 19, 2008.
Guests who booked between December 15, 2007 and May 18, 2008 will still pay the previously announced surcharge of $8.50 per person, per day.
Windstar and MAL are both currently owned by Ambassadors Cruise Group, a subsidiary of Ambassadors International. Last month, Ambassadors Cruise Group announced that it will sell Majestic America Line in order to focus on and invest in Windstar; though the organization says there are parties interested in acquiring some or all of the river line's assets, nothing is set in stone at this point.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor
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Windstar, Majestic Increase Fuel Surcharges
May 14, 2008