Turkeys at Sea: 10 of the Worst Ideas in the History of Cruise Travel
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The Turkey: Asking Passengers to Pay for Fuel...
First came the burgeoning barrel in 2007. That was followed by pain at the pump. And shortly thereafter, cruise lines began passing on ballooning oil expenditures to passengers in the form of surcharges. Cruisers grumbled about the new fees ... but they screamed foul when lines started retroactively collecting money for sailings on which deposits had already been made. The Florida attorney general's office was deluged with complaints, and an investigation ensured. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean volunteered to refund retroactive fuel surcharges in anticipation of the AG's decision, and a few weeks later, Carnival caved and complied with its ruling. At the time, the AG estimated $40 million would be returned to more than 1.1 million Carnival bookers.