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Old June 29th, 2009, 07:40 PM
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Default $70+ Oil / Fuel surcharges

The price of oil still hovers around the $70-$72 range and I'm wondering if anyone has been advised that fuel surcharges will take effect. My thoughts are that once final deposits for cruises are made and penalty phases for cancellations kick in - that the cruise lines may then decide to add on the fuel surcharge. I have also heard/read that cruise bookings are 'soft' and that the cruise lines will forgo the surcharges to keep prices low. Any thoughts or comments?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 07:55 PM
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Yes, I read somewhere that bookings are slow and all cruise lines will only add on fuel surcharges as a last resort. Also, it's the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel that will dictate whether or not they tag on a surcharge. And I believe it is around $65 per barrel right now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed-we doing a 12 nighter in Dec. so it could be an additional $240. That's a lot of martinis!
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I am sailing in two weeks.
The date for RCCL to decide to add the fuel surcharge for my cruise was 6/17/09.
All we got was a reminder on our reservation that RCCL reserved the right to add this charge.
I suspect the cruiselines want to charge for it but don't want to be the first to do so. Carnival came right out and announced they would not be adding it. This left RCCL in the sticky position of being the bad guy if they did add it.

All I can say is "Thank you Carnival".
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Oil went down today. Let's hope that it keeps going down.

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