Costa's Next Big-Ship Line to Levy Fuel Charges

June 23, 2006
Costa is the industry's second big-ship cruise line to levy fuel surcharges, following Malaysia-based Star Cruises. Through at least November, passengers will pay 10 euros for a week-long cruise and 15 euros for longer voyages. The surcharge is applicable on all ships in the fleet.

But there's a caveat: Only European-based passengers will pay the surcharge. A spokeswoman at Costa tells Cruise Critic that because of different booking conditions in the U.K. and in the U.S., travelers from those countries are excluded from the surcharge.

Cruising's luxury operators -- such as Silversea and Regent Seven Seas -- began assessing passengers last year because of the rising costs. In fact, Crystal, which also has maintained a surcharge, is actually upping its fee in 2007, as reported by Cruise Critic last week.