Friday, November 16, 2007

More Cruise Lines Jump on Fuel Charge Bandwagon

It seemed like no one wanted to be the first but now all the different cruise lines are jumping on board the fuel surcharge bandwagon. Windstar and Majestic can be added to the list with an $8.50 charge for anyone that has not paid in full by the 15th of December. Norwegian has added a charge for all cruises to Hawaii at $7.00 per person per day for the first 2 passengers in a cabin and $3.00 for additional passengers in the same cabin. This is the first announcement that will tack on the fee to third and fourth passengers. There are a couple cruise lines that have not made any announcements yet. I say give them time. Now that its becoming the norm to have the added fee it won't be long until they all are doing it. Just like when the airlines start to make drastic changes, it only takes one to get the ball rolling. The average couple can now look to spend over $100 more for a 7 day cruise in fuel surcharge fees alone. A family of 4 on a 14 day Norwegian cruise to Hawaii can expect to shell out an extra $280 in fuel charges before the fun can begin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

having just paid $4 a gallon in SF for gas..i find it no surprise that it took the cruiseline s this long to initiate a surcharge..

if we expect cruiseline s to continue to build bigger and more modern ship s , to refit older ship s.. then i think it is unfair to absorb the additional cost putting to sea..

however, i do not think it s good policy to add it to existing existing booking s whether paid in full or not..all future booking s i have no problem s with..