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Regent Seven Seas considers adding fuel surcharge

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 31 - 2007

Paul Gauguin moored off Bora Bora (image courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises) Now that oil is over $100 dollars a barrel, cruise lines are starting to re-think adding fuel surcharges. According to Seatrade Insider, a leading cruise industry publication, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is considering instituting a fuel surcharge for 2008 sailings. Regent spokesman Andrew Poulton told Seatrade Insider that if Regent imposes a surcharge it would likely apply only to customers who have not yet paid in full. According to Poulton, Regent’s fuel costs have soared above expectations since with smaller ship the cost of fuel is more significant on a per person basis than on the mega-ships. Poulton says that Regent will make the fuel surcharge decision within the next few days and that the amount will most likely be higher than the $5 daily cost announced two years ago.

In October 2005, Regent announced a fuel surcharge for 2006 sailings that had not been paid in full. The per person, per day amount was $5 for Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner and Navigator and $12 for the Paul Gauguin. No fee was levied for 2007 as Regent had allowed for the cost increases in its published pricing.

Currently, several cruise lines impose fuel surcharges. Costa Cruises began implementing a fee in April in Germany for future bookings, extending the fee in September to the rest of continental Europe for existing and future bookings. In August, AIDA Cruises instituted a surcharge for new bookings. Crystal Cruises has a $5 per person, per day fee and Norwegian cruise line, Hurtigruten has a fuel charge of $6 per person, per day on all sailings.

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