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Old 10-09-2008, 05:36 PM
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With fuel prices dropping precipitously why haven't cruise lines and air lines started dropping their surcharges, particularly with the economy so bad?

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Old 10-09-2008, 07:43 PM
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Because they're making money.

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Old 10-09-2008, 07:56 PM
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Good answer Sonny and the truth.
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Old 10-10-2008, 03:34 AM
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Gas prices going up and down I am sure they don't and won't play that game so they just leave things as is....that's business.

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:27 PM
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Just to weigh in, I work for the airlines and fuel varies so much it would be impossible to adjust fast enough. If you book today at $80 per barrel, you may sail in 4 months and fuel could be $150 or $60 per barrel. How does one adjust? Also a cruise is a phenomenal bargain. I have been to Aruba recently and it costs $5.00 for a local 8 once beer. Meals run well over $20 per meal. If you get your room, food, entertainment, etc. for $100 per day ($700 per person per 7 night), it is amazing.
So let's keep the room prices down and the ships sailing. The cost is going up for them too. Keep in mind, my first cruise was in 1998 and we paid an airline rate of $750 per person for an inside cabin. Last year I paid $799 for a Junior Suite on the SAME ship!
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:12 PM
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With fuel prices dropping precipitously why haven't cruise lines and air lines started dropping their surcharges, particularly with the economy so bad?
Carnival Corporation announced a couple of days ago that its 2010 cruises on all its brands will have no fuel surcharges, but the overall cost of the cruise is likely to be higher than in 2009.

They also announced a complicated formula by which they may refund fuel surcharges on 2008 and 2009 cruises. It has something to do with the price of oil being under $70 per barrel for the 25 days prior to the cruise departure. If passengers are eligible for a refund under those circumstances, it'll be in the form of an onboard credit to their account during their cruise.

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Old 10-14-2008, 03:26 PM
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Ah Sandy, but don't forget it has to be by the 2:30PM close of the day. When I read this for the first time the other day I thought it was a joke. Like saying the 2nd blue moon of the month. Then I realized they were serious. So who they going to pay to sit there and track all this? What a nightmare, OBC for some and not for others. I can just see the barrage of phone calls to Carnival before and after the cruise.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:47 PM
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Now maybe the rest of he cruise lines will do something. The airlines could at least allow you an extra suitcase when traveling as a couple. Paying an extra $100 is a bit pricey.

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Old 10-15-2008, 06:30 PM
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I was reading on CNN website, that airlines are starting to drop the fuel surcharges. Hopefully, it will swing the other way now, and cut us a break. Lil' Lori

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Old 11-10-2008, 01:17 PM
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I wish RC would just not charge a fuel surcharge in the first place. Even though they say they'll refund it, they don't actually refund it. They give a ship credit so they still have the money.

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