Carnival U.K. And Fred. Olsen Weigh in on Fuel Supplements

June 6, 2008

Fuel surcharges really are on the increase.

This week we have seen both Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line up their surcharges yet again and now, Carnival U.K. - which represents P&O Cruises, Ocean Village, Cunard Line and Seabourn is adding to the fiasco.

The company said that due to the increases in the price of fuel, which is already hitting our pockets hard on the petrol front, it has had to add a £4.50 per person per day supplement (with a cap of £63) for cruises up to and including 14 night durations.

The supplement, which will be applicable to all new bookings from 2 June, 2008, will apply to every passenger including the reduced third and fourth passenger travelling and reduced child fare places. However no supplement will be applied to free child places.

No sooner had we received the information on Carnival U.K.'s hike, we get word from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines that it too is increasing its supplement for all departures up to March 2009.

From 10 June, 2008 all new bookings with the U.K. line will be subject to the £5.00 (previously £3.50) charge for the first two occupants of a cabin, and £2.00 per person per night for the third and fourth occupant.

The supplement will be capped at a maximum of £70.00 per person per cruise.

--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor