Cruise Fuel Charges Challenged

The attorney general’s office in Florida is looking into the fuel surcharges that several cruise lines added to fares they had already sold.

The question is whether the charges violate the conditions of an earlier agreement requiring cruise lines to fully disclose port charges.

The cruise lines keep citing statistics like those put forward by Micky Arison, the CEO of Carnival. He says that over the past three years the price of fuel has increased 140 percent. I believe that. But I think it’s more relevant to consider how much it increased between September, when I put a deposit on a cruise, and November, when Carnival billed me and the husband for another $120.

I didn’t get nearly as angry about this as a lot of other cruise passengers did, especially those who had paid their fares in full. (Royal Caribbean exempted those passengers, but Carnival and its subsidiaries did not.)

Still, I don’t have a problem with the cruise lines having to answer to somebody about the legality of this maneuver.


One thought on “Cruise Fuel Charges Challenged

  1. L. R. Luton

    In the case of R. Caribbean, they do not read their brochures. A section in the fine print in the back of the brochure entitled “WILL THE PRICE CHANGE” states after they have received the full deposit, the price for the cruise or airfare supplement will not change other than for an increase by a governmental or quasi-governmental agency. I do not think the fuel charge fits into that category. Since I am paying for my family of 16, I would like to have my $400.00 back.


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