sadly, as i said on an earlier post, once the cruising public has adjusted to higher fees - for whatever reason: fuel, port taxes, DINING, -- the lines won't relinquish them. they may do away with fuel surcharges - on paper -- but you can bet cruise prices are going to rise to cover the 'loss.' just check out HAL'S recent proclamation. nothing ever really goes down in price; lower basic fares? higher priced food, drinks, and so forth. and more nickel and diming. just 'gird your loins' as it says in the Good Book.'