Just heard that RCL will drop their fuel surcharge on any cruise booked for 2009...with an onboard credit for the amount...Much better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick...Hoping NCL gets the message...Happy sailing..Has anyone heard anything from NCL?
I am sure that other cruise line companies will do the same, as well as trucking companies that have been adding fuel surcharges to deliveries of all sorts. With the global economic crisis, drivers are driving less, and there is talk that oil COULD fall to the $30.00 level. Here in New Mexico we see unleaded gas at $1.52.
This is great news for all cruisers. Hopefully the loss of the fuel surcharge will bring a few people back to cruising. It's an added savings.
The cruise lines are doing the right thing for the consumer. The on board credits will help defer expenses as seen on the last nights billing that everyone gets under their stateroom doors.
And, as to avoid any confusion, NCL reserves the right to reinstate the fuel charge for all pax depending on future fuel prices. All the lines have such a provision. Specifically, for NCL, the trigger point is when "the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index) increase(s) above $65 per barrel."
I was thinking the same thing as I look out on all the white stuff and more coming down...Leaving on Jan. 18th and will look hard at doing a second winter cruise....I cruised to Alaska in September and saw snow...don't want to see anymore here in MN....I will let my wife spend the extra fuel surcharge money on the ship...well, add to what she would have spent anyway...Happy cruising to one and all...
This is lovely news! I just got off the phone with NCL. I was told that I will receive an email with a new confirmation that reflects the onboard credit. The system is going through each reservation and updating. I would imagine it would be prioritized based on nearness in time. Since mine isnít until 2/1 Iíll cut them some slack and not call and bug them every week. They stated that they do not have a timeline for all of this to be completed. I imagine it must be quite a daunting prospect for any line to update so many reservations!
So provided light sweet crude doesnít break the $65.00 barrier by 2/1/09 weíll be walking aboard the Pearl with $304.00 total in onboard credit. $150.00 of that is a Latitudes and early booking credit. $154.00 is the fuel.