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Freedom of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruises International)

Like lemmings jumping off a cliff, five more cruise lines announced today that they will levy fuel surcharges on cruise travelers. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced a fuel supplement of $5 per passenger, per day for sailings that depart on or after Feb. 1, 2008. The charge applies to new and existing North American bookings not yet paid in full for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

Pullmantur Cruises, Royal Caribbean’s Spanish subsidiary, also implemented a fuel supplement, of €50, for its tours and cruises that depart on or after Jan. 1, 2008.

Royal Caribbean said the fee for RCI, Celebrity and Azamara will not apply to bookings already paid in full. Additionally, passengers booked before today who do not wish to pay the supplement may cancel their cruise prior to Dec. 7 for a full refund. The fee will apply only to the first and second passenger in each stateroom and will not exceed $70 per person, per sailing.

After Royal Caribbean made their announcement, Windstar Cruises and Majestic America Line, owned by Ambassadors Cruise Group, announced fuel fees of $8.50 per person, per day. Windstar says the surcharge applies to all published sailings through March 2009 that have not been paid in full by December 15, 2007. Steamboat operator Majestic America Line says the surcharge will be applied to new bookings made after December 15, 2007 and to existing bookings that are not paid in full by the same date.

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