Royal Caribbean, More Pump Up Costs With New Fuel Surcharges

November 16, 2007
Rising Fuel Costs Spark New Cruise Line Surcharges
Cruise Lines Add Fuel Surcharge

Update: This just in -- Majestic America Line and Windstar Cruises have implemented fuel surcharges. Windstar will charge $8.50 per person, per day, on published sailings through March 2009 that have not been paid in full by December 15, 2007. Majestic America will charge $8.50 per person, per day, on new bookings made after December 15 and existing bookings that are not paid in full by December 15.

Crystal Cruises is increasing its fuel surcharge from $5 per person (in effect for 2007) to $7 per person (for 2008 reservations that are not paid in full by January 1, 2008). While most of the majors have waved their white flags in the face of fuel prices, there's at least one notable holdout: Disney. A spokeswoman there tells us that while they're always monitoring industry trends, there is nothing to announce at this time. Watch for a full line-by-line roundup next week.

The domino effect continues: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. -- the parent company for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises -- announced today that it will be implementing a fuel supplement to offset rising fuel costs.

The supplement will be $5 per person, per day, applicable for the first two guests in a stateroom, and will not exceed $70 per person, per sailing. The surcharge is effective on all new or existing North American bookings on all Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Azamara ships that sail after February 1, 2008.

Guests who have already paid for their cruise in full are not be required to pay the fee.

Moreover, guests who were booked before November 16, 2007, and who do not agree to pay the supplement, may cancel their reservation prior to December 7, 2007, for a full refund -- and they will not be subject to any cancellation charges that would normally apply.

Those guests who do not cancel their reservation and pay in full will receive one logo item per stateroom on their cruise.

Pullmantur Cruises, the Madrid-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., has also implemented a fuel supplement of 50 euros for its tours and cruises that depart on or after January 1, 2008.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor