Fred. Olsen Cruises Joins U.K. Fuel Surcharge Bandwagon

December 14, 2007
U.K.-based Fred. Olsen announced today that it will add a fuel surcharge on all voyages, starting December 21, 2007. The charge will not be retroactive; only bookings made on or after December 21 will be affected.

Though the implementation of fuel surcharges for U.K. passengers kicked off two weeks ago with Crystal Cruises (last week, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that its lines would follow suit), this is the first line actually based in the U.K. to make such an announcement.

The surcharge is £2.50 per person per day (about $5) and applies to double occupancy only (third and fourth passengers sharing a cabin will not have to pay). There will be a cap of £50 per person ($100) for longer voyages. The exact conversion rate will be determined by the exchange rate at the time of booking.

A Fred. Olsen spokesman tells us that the move is necessary due to the high cost of fuel and the impact it is having on the fleet’s operating costs. The supplement will be reviewed on a regular basis and may be adjusted as the price of fuel fluctuates.

Fred. Olsen operates four ships out of the U.K.: Black Watch, Boudicca, Braemar and Black Prince. A fifth, Balmoral (formerly Norwegian Crown), joins the fleet in January, 2008.

--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor