Cunard and P&O Cruises Add Fuel Surcharges

Cunard Line

Citing the "rapid escalation" of fuel prices, Cunard Line and P&O Cruises have implemented fuel surcharges of $3.85 per person per day.

The new charge will apply on cruises booked on or after May 10th that depart on or after November 1, reported USA Today. The supplements will apply to all passengers, including children, but will not exceed $154 per person for any cruise.

"We regret having to take this action, but fuel price increases have continued, and we now find it necessary to implement a modest supplement," said Cunard president Peter Shanks in a letter to travel agents.

When oil first spiked above $100 a barrel in 2007, cruise lines began adding fuel surcharges. Once the price of oil dropped back below $70 in late 2008, cruise lines eliminated the charges but most reserved the right to re-implement the charges of oil again rose above certain thresholds.

Cunard and P&O, brands that both fall under the Carnival umbrella, each established a threshold of $70 per barrel. According to the New York Mercantile Exchange Index, the price of oil today jumped to $83 per barrel.

Last week, British cruise line Fred Olsen also implemented a fuel surcharge of $4.60 per person per night, up to a maximum of $92 per person for the first two people in a cabin.
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