Carnival Corp. is assessing a $5 per day per passenger fuel surcharge on all its North American cruise ships after Feb. 1, 2008.
This applies to all the company’s cruise lines: Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess and Seabourn.
It’s personal for the husband and me. We have a booking on a 12-day Carnival cruise next September. So that will cost us $120.
Carnival calls the fee a "fuel supplement," a phrase that suggests to me that Carnival wants to give me some extra fuel. Let us call it what it is – a surcharge. Anyway, Carnival says it needs the cash. Quoth the press release:
… the recent spike in fuel prices has dramatically impacted the company’s
operating costs, thus necessitating the supplement. The price the company
pays for fuel has increased 140 percent over the last three years, with a
50 percent increase occurring in just the last seven months.
This isn’t the kind of move likely to make passengers happy. We all like to feel that when we make a deal to buy something, the other party is going to honor the price. But the economic pressure is real, and the fine print clearly allows Carnival to do it.
We could cancel our reservation – there’s still plenty of time for us to back out with a refund. But we won’t. This cruise, a one-way to Hawaii, has been long-planned and was carefully selected.
I think this one calls for a big sigh and an "Oh, well."