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Cunard Announces Fuel Surcharge

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Cunard Line President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks, made the following announcement yesterday:

“Because of the continued rapid escalation of fuel prices, Cunard Line and P&O (UK) will introduce a fuel supplement of $3.85 (USD) per person per day. These brands will also implement this fuel supplement on third and fourth passengers.

The new fuel supplements will apply to all new bookings effective May 10, 2010 and will apply to all departures from November 1, 2010. The fuel supplements will not exceed $154.00 per person per voyage.

For bookings made prior to May 10, 2010, no fuel supplement will apply.

We regret having to take this action, but fuel price increases have continued, and we now find it necessary to implement a modest supplement.”

With the price of oil hovering well above the $70 or so threshold most cruise lines have set as the trigger point for fuel surcharges, this announcement is not entirely surprising.  Given the recent assurances from industry executives that no such surcharges were in the works, however, the timing may be a bit of a surprise.  Cunard’s surcharges are not particularly high, and one hopes they can be absorbed by their prospective clients without too much pain.

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