Royal Caribbean Fuel Surcharge Travels Further

December 27, 2007
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which was one of the first North American cruise companies to impose fuel surcharges on U.K.-based cruisers, has now announced a supplement for reservations made elsewhere in Europe, as well as Africa and the Middle East.

The supplement applies to all reservations with Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises (all owned by Royal Carribean Cruies Ltd.) made on or after November 16, 2007, for cruises departing on or after February 1, 2008. Reservations that were paid in full by November 16, 2007, and sailings that depart prior to February 1, 2008, are not affected.

Only the first and second guests in each cabin will be subject to the fee, which is per person, per day as follows:

European Union's Eurozone: 3.50 EUR (not to exceed 49 EUR)
Switzerland: 2.50 CHF (not to exceed 77 CHF)
Denmark: 25.50 DKK (not to exceed 357 DKK)
Sweden: 32 SEK (not to exceed 448 SEK)
Norway: 27 NOK (not to exceed 378 NOK)

As we previously reported, residents of the U.S. and Canada will pay $5 per person, per day, not to exceed $70; a supplement of £2.50 per person, per day, applies to bookings made in the U.K., not to exceed £35 per person, per sailing.

Though we thought it was ironic for a fuel surcharge to be imposed on reservations originating in the Middle East, we've done some digging -- and found that companies from Japan Airlines to FedEx institute the same charges on flights and shipments to the Middle East as they do to European countries.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor