Crystal Cruises became the latest cruise line to join in on the most recent round of fuel supplement hikes on Friday, continuing a parade of similar announcements since the start of June.
With the cost of oil ballooning across the globe, Crystal will increase its fuel surcharge to $12 per person, per day on all new bookings beginning June 23. The existing fuel surcharge of $7 per person will remain in effect on new bookings made prior to June 23 for 2008 sailings only. The supplement does not apply to any 2009 or 2010 sailings booked before June 23.
Crystal's announcement capped a 10-day span in which Carnival Corporation (which includes Carnival, Holland America, Princess and Costa cruise lines), Carnival U.K. (which operates P&O Cruises, Ocean Village, Cunard and Seabourn), Norwegian Cruise Line and Fred. Olsen Cruises all revealed plans to up their current fuel surcharge fees.
If more cruise lines get in line to continue this rather predictable trend (a near certainty, unfortunately), we'll keep you posted as details emerge. For an up-to-the-minute listing of fuel supplements across the industry, check out our At Your Service: Fuel Surcharges feature.
--by Michael Potter, Assistant Editor