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Carnival Corporation Raises Fuel Surcharges ... Again

June 4, 2008
The fuel fiasco is getting out of hand: we can barely afford to drive to work, airlines are raising fees and fares -- not to mention cutting flights -- and all the major cruise lines have added fuel surcharges to their prices. Now, to add insult to injury, Carnival Corporation -- which owns lines such as Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Cunard and Seabourn -- is raising its fuel supplement for these lines -- and for the second time in less than two months.

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

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