Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Will Fuel charges come back?

With things the way they are everyone is looking to save a money on their trips. People are driving instead of flying, due to the high cost of flying and those darn luggage fees. But now the price of fuel is on the rise. Many are predicting that here in the US we will have $4 a gallon gas. How is this going to affect our vacations?

Already, British Cruise Line Fred Olsen Cruises will be implementing a fuel surcharge as of may 5th 2010. The surcharge will be £3.00 (about $4.60) per person per night, up to a maximum of £60 (about $92) per person, for the first two people in a cabin, and £1.50 (about $2.30) per person per night for third and subsequent occupants of a cabin, to a maximum of £30 (about $46) per person. The charges will apply to all bookings made on departures featured in its 2010/11 Worldwide brochure and the 2011 Preview brochure.

Carnival, reported a that it expects that the rising cost of fuel will probably reduce its earnings by $119 million. Which is not a drop in the bucket. There are still passengers booked on Disney Cruise Line who are paying surcharges now depending on when they had booked their trip and when the ship sails. What does that mean for the budget conscious vacationer? Well, as of right now...nothing. All three major cruise lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and, NCL) all are confirming that they don't have any plans to re-adopt surcharge policies at this time, but reserve the right to do so if certain criteria is met.

As someone who cruises, I would keep my eyes and ears open, if you are planning on booking a cruise. Any discount may be negated when and if they implement a fuel charge!

So what do you guys think? How do you feel about the surcharge if they implement it? Would it stop you from booking? Let me know your thoughts?

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1 comment:

Judy said...

To a certain extent, I understand the fuel charges. Afterall, if we have to pay higher prices on our fuel, the cruise lines aren't immune to the rising costs either. They are in the business to make money, 119 million is a huge amount no matter how you cut it. As long as it is a reasonable fee, it won't keep me from cruising.