Star Clippers Adds Fuel Surcharge; Cruise Critic Out of Gas Puns

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Unable to concoct one more hilarious gasoline-inspired pun, we'll provide you with the latest cruise line fuel surcharge update unleaded: Tall-ship line Star Clippers will implement a fuel surcharge on all new bookings starting December 17, 2007.

The fee will be $8 per person, per day to a maximum of $100 per person on any sailing for guests from the United States, Canada and Latin America. Guests in the United Kingdom and the rest of the European continent have not yet been asked to pay the fee.

The surcharge will be assessed on all three of the line's tall ships -- Royal Clipper, Star Clipper and Star Flyer -- on all sailings through April 2009.

What's different about Star Clippers' surcharge compared to that of most other lines is that guests from Central and South America will also be subjected to the added costs; Star Clippers tells us that Latin Americans make up about five percent of its passenger base.

Why a fuel surcharge for ships powered mostly by sail? Star Clippers' ships still require fuel to run generators that supply electricity and provide climate control onboard. And on occasion, during periods of insufficient wind or bad weather, the ships have to supplement their sail power with gas engines to fulfill itineraries.

Need to know if your line has added fuel supplements? Check out our At Your Service: Fuel Surcharges.

--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor