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Old 10-23-2008, 02:54 PM
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We are on the Millenium in Feb 09 and now that oil is half of what it was when we booked, does anyone have any thoughts on whether Celebrity will cancel the fuel surcharge?
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:59 AM
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Not yet. One Cruise line has talked about dropping it on 2010 cruises. Just because fuel is down now doesn't mean it won't go back up. It took a long time when prices were high before they added the surcharge. It will also take a while for it to be removed.
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Old 10-24-2008, 03:23 PM
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Funny you should post this today, Ken. Although it won't affect your cruise, this was just announced for 2010 cruises on the RCI brands, that includes Celebrity.
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:38 PM
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Amending my own message...

Ken, I just read the fine print on the new RCI policy, and there's a chance you may get an onboard credit if certain conditions occur. See here.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:20 AM
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Thanks Lisa!

Maybe we'll get lucky and I'm sure I'll find "something" to spend the onboard credit on:-)
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:28 AM
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What doesn't seem right is if you book after Nov 10,2008 you won't have a fuel surcharge. We booked onboard Oct 4th for a cruise Feb 2010 and they say the will check quarterly and see if they can credit back. It was $200, seems to me I should cancel and rebook after Nov 10th, the onboard credit was only $100. Am I understanding that correctly, seems like every one would cancel and re- book??
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I would look for some fine print that says cancels and rebooks don't apply.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:37 PM
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I'm not sure if I have snookered myself.

My original booking was Oct 24/08 for a Feb 2009 cruise. Today, which is Nov 11th, I made a catagory change to my reservation and a new Customer Invoice was sent to me with today's date on it. After reviewing the Celebrity website fuel surcharge policy message I see it says:

"For 2009 sailings and 2010 sailings booked before November 10, 2008, we will determine on a quarterly basis whether fuel supplements will be refunded."

I have emailed Celebrity to ask them to confirm one way or another if we will still at least qualify to receive the credit back.

Any guesses?
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:19 AM
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Well I heard back from Celebrity and if I am reading this correctly, it would appear as though we will still qualify for a rebate/credit if the price of oil stays below $65. The first sentence is different than what is on their website, but it does seem to clarify the issue.

They wrote:

For existing bookings or new bookings for sailings that depart prior to January 1, 2010, we will determine on a rolling quarterly basis whether fuel supplements will be refunded. Refunds, in the form of an onboard credit, will be provided if the closing price of West Texas Intermediate fuel is $65.00 or less at the closing time of the New York Mercantile Exchange, two weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming calendar quarter. When those conditions are met, an onboard credit will be provided to all guests on sailings that depart during the upcoming calendar quarter.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:11 AM
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I hope you receive your rebate, and I pray oil will stay below $65/bbl for some time to come. Fuel prices are devastating everyone.
 
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