Dwindling fuel prices has convinced Carnival Corp. to end its fuel supplement on its North American brands for all cruises that depart after December 17. This applies to: Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.
In light of the change, a refund of the fuel supplement will be made in the form of a shipboard credit for all bookings within the final payment period for departures on or after December 17. Bookings outside of the final payment period for departures on or after December 17 will be adjusted to remove the fuel supplement and guests will be provided with a revised final payment amount.
"As the price of oil has dropped to $46 per barrel, it has now reached a level where we are able to suspend the fuel supplement," said Bill Harber, director of marketing for Carnival Corp., although adding that the fuel supplement could be re-instated if oil prices increase significantly.
Here's how: Carnival says it "reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests at up to $9 per person per day (except Seabourn, which would be up to $15 per person per day) should the price of light sweet crude oil according to the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index) increase above $70 per barrel."
The fuel supplement for five of the six brands is currently $9 per person per day for the first and second guest (not to exceed $126 per person per voyage) and $4 per person per day for third, fourth and fifth guests (not to exceed $56 per person per voyage). Luxury line Seabourn's fuel supplement is $15 per person per day for the first and second guest (not to exceed $210 per person per voyage) and $4 per person per day for third and fourth guests (not to exceed $56 per person per voyage).