Just when you thought it was safe to book a cruise ... they're ba-ack! We're talking, of course, about fuel supplement increases. This time, it's the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. lines -- Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International -- that are raising fees.
All Celebrity and Royal Caribbean bookings made on or after June 30, 2008, will incur a fuel supplement of $10 per person, per day, for the first and second passengers in a stateroom. The maximum charge will be $140 per person, per cruise. Additional passengers in the cabin will pay $5 per person, per day, up to a maximum of $70 per person, per cruise.
All Azamara bookings made on or after June 30 will incur a fuel supplement of $15 per person, per day (not $10 as originally reported), for the first and second passenger in a cabin. Additional passengers sharing the stateroom will not be charged a fuel supplement.
For passengers on all three lines, the fuel supplement for bookings made prior to June 29 is $8 for the first two passengers in a cabin and $3 for any other passengers.
For U.K. and European travelers booking Royal Caribbean cruises, the fuel surcharge is essentially a currency conversion of the U.S. fee. After June 30, U.K. passengers will pay £5 per person, per day (£2.50 for additional guests), and European passengers will pay €6.50 per person, per day (€3 for additional guests), for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruises. Azamara guests will pay £7.50 or €10 per person.
Royal Caribbean joins Fred. Olsen, Crystal, NCL, and Carnival Corp.'s U.S. and U.K. lines (Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Seabourn, Cunard, P&O and Ocean Village) in raising fuel supplements -- all within the past two weeks.
All these recent fee changes got your head spinning? Read our At Your Service feature on fuel surcharges for the most up-to-date supplements. And keep checking Cruise Critic's cruise news -- we'll let you know if any more lines decide to up fees.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Royal Caribbean Next to Raise Fuel Supplement
June 17, 2008