Crystal Kicks Off Fuel Fees for U.K. Cruisers

November 29, 2007

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The scourge of cruise fuel surcharges is spilling into the United Kingdom.

Luxury line Crystal Cruises has become the first North American line to charge its U.K. passengers the added fees. The line will charge guests 4 GBP (approximately $8.25 U.S.) per person, per day, on all 2008 cruises booked after December 3, 2007. Crystal cites, what else, escalating fuel costs as the reason for the change.

Guests who have booked (or book) before the cut-off date will avoid that empty feeling associated with additional operating costs being passed onto the consumer.

While North American cruise passengers have been fuming over near industry-wide fuel surcharges, cruisers in the U.K. have been spared the added fees, despite the barrel's soaring prices. Last week David Dingle, head of Carnival Corporation's U.K.-based operations -- which include P&O, Ocean Village and the German Aida -- said that the line will not levy the charge for U.K. passengers. So far, Carnival's stood firm on its claim.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor