On April 9, Carnival raised its fuel surcharge for bookings made on or after April 21. Now, effective June 12, the supplement will increase yet again, from $7 to $9 per passenger, per day, for the first two people in a cabin and from $2 to $4 per passenger, per day, for the third through fifth people in a cabin. The fee increase applies to six of the Carnival Corporation's cruise lines: Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Cunard and Seabourn.
It's hard to get too mad at Carnival. In a letter sent out to travel agents, Bill Harbor, director of corporate marketing writes, "We regret having to take this action, but fuel price increases have continued, and we now find it necessary to implement a modest increase in the supplement." Apparently, Carnival is hurting as much as the rest of us.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor