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Carnival to drop fuel surcharges

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  October 14, 2008 07:43 AM

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Amid declining oil prices, Carnival, a leader in adopting fuel surcharges, plans to halt those levies on new bookings of 2010 cruises starting at the end of the month. Instead it will raise base prices, according to The Miami Herald.
The fees were unpopular with consumers, who complained that the levies made it difficult to determine the actual cost of a cruise (maybe the airlines should start taking notes here).
Carnival also says passengers sailing on 2008 and 2009 voyages -- as well as those already booked for 2010 -- will eligible for reimbursement in the form of an on-board credit if oil closes at $70 or less per barrel for 25 straight days five days before a traveler's departure.
The latest move will apply to the company's Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and The Yachts of Seabourn
Carnival did not say how much it would raise prices after the fee is dropped.

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