Fuel Costs Spur Rise in Cruise Costs

Several cruise lines have recently stated that they were going to be upping their fuel surcharges to cover increased expenses with the rise of fuel prices. This is not a good sign for the cost of a cruise, but not unexpected either.
Below is the press release from Crystal Cruises regarding their price hike…

Crystal – The rising cost of fuel continues to affect virtually everyone, and the impact on Crystal Cruises’ daily operations is no exception. While we had hoped to absorb the additional expenses associated with soaring fuel prices, we find that this has not been possible while maintaining the integrity of our product.

Oil prices have increased substantially since we announced our 2007 cruise fares. As a result, effective July 17, 2006, we must institute a fuel surcharge of $5.00 per person, per day on all 2007 voyages. We will protect any 2007 bookings that are made and paid prior to July 17, 2006, at the current fare, without the fuel surcharge. There will be no change to the current fuel surcharge of $4.00 per person, per day that is currently in effect for all 2006 voyages.