I think I'm getting sick and tired of making the oil industry richer at the expense of people like you and I. I have a 14 night cruise coming up in April. A surcharge will cost me about $140 extra. I wonder what the effect would be if a few hundred just canceled their cruises. Same goes for Mexico taxing each passenger; what if no one stepped foot on a dock in Mexico? Hummm... I wonder if I would do something like that.
You are so right Sonny. The little guy pays for the big guy in the world. There is no getting around it.
This is so crazy, giving as to how much RCCL has raised their rates so much in the last few months. My cruise, which I booked a long time ago, is almost twice as much for the same category for someone trying to book now. We have some other friends who wanted to come along with us, but cannot justify their rates. And I do not blame them. Now, this extra on top is outrageous. But...we will pay it!
For those that want to read it, here is the article being discussed- fuel surcharge
I totally agree Sonny. I find it interesting that RCCL's charge is identical to CCL's charge yet I know both companies hedge their fuel costs. So if at some point it becomes obvious that fuel prices won;t come back down, will they just change the price of the cruise? I could see this if it was some short term problem that is causing th eoil price spike, but at some point you need to re-price your cruises.
I'm seriously contemplating canceling my transatlantic cruise. Sure it's only $140 tacked onto the price of the cruise, but at least I can feel I did something in protest. Canceling is a far greater sacrifice than dishing out another $140, but it's the principle. Either way I lose. One of my cruises in October of 2008 is paid in full. At least I won't have to pay a fuel surcharge on that one.
This is not a part of the cruise fare, it is a surcharge. They wouldn't do it if it was a violation of the contract. These type things are fully reviewed by the legal department before they are approved.
Chuck, according to THIS Royal Caribbean said it will not apply to bookings which are already paid in full. I only have one of next 3 sailings paid for. We changed a booking that was already paid in full.