The curiosity bug has bitten me and I have a question about "parking" fees for cruise ships. If a ship that holds 2,000 passengers charges $150 for port charges it adds up to $300,000.00. If the ship docks in Miami and sails to 3 other ports during the week, a total of 4 ports, that means it costs the ship $75,000 to dock in any given port for 8 to 12 hours which seems unreasonable to me. I would be inclined to think that some other fingers may be dipping into the $300,000 pie.
So here is my question. Does any one know how much it actually costs the cruise line to dock my imaginary 2,000 passenger ship in a foreign port for a few hours?
I do not know exactly how much it costs, but I do know that a lot of people have asked the same question. Carnival just settled a class action lawsuit for this exact thing - over-charging customers for port charges.
I have also heard travel agents question why one cruise lines port charges are different from anothers when they go the same ports. --- hhmmmm, food for thought.
Well lets see if we can cipher this one out. <G> 2,000 times say $15 pp for entry and exit fees charged by the country equals $30,000. Figure $2,000 for the pilot for both coming and going, maybe $5,000 for trash disposal, and lets go big here and say $10,000 for dock fees.....comes to what $47,000? Seems like $28,000 is unaccounted for? Like Paul said, Hummmmmm <G>