Fuel Surcharges Are Gone...Maybe?
Both consumers, and their travel agents were happy when Carnival Corporation ( Princess, Holland America, Carnival, Costa, Cunard and Seabourn ), Royal Caribbean International ( Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Azamara ) and Norwegian Cruise Line ( NCL, NCL America ) announced this week (12/1-12/7) that fuel surcharges will be suspended on all their US brands for all forward sailings.
New bookings made starting Monday, December 8 will not be assessed the
surcharge, and for those already booked for 2009 and 2010, those who have already paid the surcharge will get a refund in the form of onboard credit, and those yet to pay their final payment will have their bookings re-priced without the surcharge.
However, there is a catch:
The cruise lines reserves the right to reinstate fuel surcharges should the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index) increase above 65-$70 per barrel ( price varies by cruiseline ).
So here today, gone tomorrow, perhaps back again, who knows!