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bookings made on or after November 10, 2008, anywhere in the world, for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2010.

That is over a year away.
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So if I booked a cruise which is sailing 1/09 I still pay for the fuel supplement. I don't get a on board credit is this correct?
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So if I booked a cruise which is sailing 1/09 I still pay for the fuel supplement. I don't get a on board credit is this correct?
"For 2009 sailings and 2010 sailings booked before November 10, 2008, the company will determine on a quarterly basis whether fuel supplements will be refunded."

The booking date is the key.
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Ok, I booked my cruise in May of 08 sailing in 1/09 did final payment today... So will I receive an on board credit or a refund or nothing? Also, shouldn't T/A made mention of this since I paid my final today.
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Royal...this is what applies [directly from Press Release]:

For 2009 sailings and 2010 sailings booked before November 10, 2008, the company will determine on a quarterly basis whether fuel supplements will be refunded. Refunds, in the form of an onboard credit, will be provided if the closing price of West Texas Intermediate fuel is $65 or less, at the closing time of the New York Mercantile Exchange, two weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming calendar quarter. When those conditions are met, an onboard credit will be provided to all guests on sailings that begin during the upcoming calendar quarter.

The dates on which the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel will be measured, and the quarters during which refunds could apply are:

Fuel Price Determination Date--12/16/08
Quarter of Possible Fuel Supplement Refunds--First quarter 2009


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Just label me CONFUSED........ I still have no clue
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in other words............if you plant the magic beans you bought with the surcharge, you MIGHT get an onboard credit!

But seriously, it does seem complex but "RCI" knows it is subject to scrutiny if it doesn't follow it's own guidelines. At least their reviews are scheduled quarterly. And from a business standpoint, I won't send my clients out without knowing whether or not to expect the "OBC" on their sailing(s).
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surcharge still applies for 2008 cruises.
FOr what it is worth, I just got off the phone with RCCL. There are no plans to refund (OBC) the fuel surcharge for 2008 cruises
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okay, I am still confused. None of this makes sense. I am booked on the Freedom for Sept 2009. Does the OBC apply to me? Help.....
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The way I understand it (and RCCL's message is VERY confusing !) is
that the possible refund of the fuel surcharge "depends" on the price
of oil prior to that cruise's departure. This is supposed to be monitored
every three months - so it's possible that some passengers may get a refund and some may not depending on the price of oil as their departure date
approaches. Am I guessing right???
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okay, I am still confused. None of this makes sense. I am booked on the Freedom for Sept 2009. Does the OBC apply to me? Help.....
If you booked before November 10, 2008, then yes.
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What I find EXTREMELY UNFAIR about this is that many of us booked cruises for 2009 AFTER the fuel charge was implemented. However, some
members of RCCL's Crown and Anchor club who receive advance notice of future sailing and can take advantage of cabin disoucnts - booked our
cruise BEFORE the fuel charges were added (some of these bookings were done as early as August, 2007). Therefore, they DO NOT pay the
surcharge. If you are among the "middle" group who have booked after
the fuel charge was added - you got socked to the tune of $ 10 per day/per person. For my cruise on the Mariner of the Seas departing next Jan. 4, 2009 - that added an extra $ 560 to the price I paid !!! Not peanuts, by any means.

Now, RCCL says IF you book after Nov. 10th for 2009 and 2010 sailings -
you are exempt from the fuel charges!!!! Where is the justice in this???
We are being charged for fuel that hasn't even been bought yet much less
used !!! I think this is a great case for the Florida State Attorney General's office to investigate !!!!
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We are being charged for fuel that hasn't even been bought yet much less
used !!! I think this is a great case for the Florida State Attorney General's office to investigate !!!!
It is called the futures market; that is how it works. The price of crude today does not mean that is the price that you pay today. Today's price is for a contract one month or up to nine years out. Add about 60 days to that and that is the price you will pay for refined fuel over and above your contract price.

Look at Southwest Airlines, they bought futures on crude years out. That is why you don't see them cutting down on checked luggage and the other stuff.
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