I just saw this on Carnival's website: "Fuel supplement of $5 per guest, per day based on double occupancy applies to all cruises departing on or after February 1, 2008. The maximum fuel supplement is $70 per guest."
That's interesting. Is that towards new cruises only or are they going to come after the already booked cruises for extra money too? (Note my cruise below)
I'm not sure how that will fly to come back and bump my price up. And is this going to be listed as a seperate charge item or are they just going to increase the cruise price (which is what they should do).
I was talking to Carnival earlier about a separate matter. The gentleman informed me that it was going to apply to all cruise, even those already booked.
I am sure the airlines will follow suit.
I am a business man and I know it hit the bottom line, but when you start raising prices people stop seeking your service.
I had a meeting today with both a Carnival and Holland America rep. This will be on all Carnival Corporation brands. Yes, it will apply even if the cruise is already paid in full.
I remember they did this back in 2001 when fuel went up so much. Gas in my area (Nashville) has gone up at least 30 cents just in the last two weeks.
It is important to note the price cap. I am not going to blame the cruise lines, airlines, etc., for this surcharge. We all are entering unknown territory with oil prices at the $100 per barrel range, and likely to blow past that price. I would not be surprised to see the surcharge increase between now and February. Everyone pray for a warm winter!
This sur-charge is not a fun thing for cruisers and cretainly not for agents either. I opened my email this morning and have well over 200 clients to cantact and advise of this new charge. These will be really fun conversations! Especially for those who've paid in full and were thinking their cruise budget was set, done and paid for. Glad it's not all the cruiselines. I'd never get done with calls and emails. Reminds me a little of the Alaska Legislature tax at the beginning of 07. That one became retroactive as well. Had to call everyone who booked early and pass on an extra $50. per person tax charge.