Give and take

Carnival is cutting fuel surcharges on six of its brands for all cruises from 2010, but it is also set to increase prices on those very same voyages.

Effective 31 October fuel supplements will be eliminated on brands including Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.

Carnival said it had also established “specific guidelines” under which the current fuel supplement maybe reimbursed to customers for voyages up until 2010.

“If fuel prices stabilize below $70 a barrel, we will be able to effectively eliminate a separate fuel supplement,” said Bill Harber, director of marketing for Carnival Corp.

However, he cautioned that there is still a risk that fuel prices could move higher “which would require us to maintain or reinstate a fuel supplement, but the company is hopeful that the goal of eliminating the fuel supplement can be achieved.”

Harber added: “These industry-leading initiatives demonstrate our commitment to our guests and travel agents to make our brands the most attractive cruise vacations available.”

The fuel supplement for five of the six Carnival brands is $9 per person per day for the first and second guest and $4 per person per day for third, fourth and fifth guests.

Seabourn’s fuel supplement is $15 per person per day for the first and second guest and $4 per person per day for third and fourth guests.

http://www.tradewinds.no