The Return of the Dreaded Fuel Supplement
If you read the fine print, you will notice that the cruise lines have a disclaimer about adding a fuel supplement should the price of crude reach a certain level.
Although the price has gone above some of the levels indicated in the terms in conditions, the cruise lines have yet to add the supplement. But that has changed.
Fred. Olsen – the cruise line, not just some guy – has issued the following statement:
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has announced that, due to the current high price of oil, it will be introducing a fuel supplement, applicable to all new bookings from Wednesday 5th May 2010. The supplement will be £3.00 per person per cruise night, to a maximum of £60 per person, and £1.50 per person per cruise night for third and subsequent occupants of a cabin, to a maximum of £30 per person.
The charges will apply to all bookings made on departures featured in Fred. Olsen’s 2010/11 Worldwide brochure and the 2011 Preview brochure.
Fred. Olsen also announced that, should the price of Brent crude oil fall back to £45 per barrel or below, averaged across the month prior to date of departure, the fuel supplement will be refunded to the passenger in the form of on board spending credit.
How long will it be before the other cruise companies follow suit?