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More cruise lines add surcharges

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Surprise, surprise. After seven cruise lines hit travelers with [% 2461182 | | fuel surcharges %], the rest of the industry has been quick to follow suit. Oceania, Silversea, Norwegian, and the Royal Caribbean lines ([% 15420 | | Royal Caribbean %], [% 14665 | | Celebrity %], and Azamara) have now added fees to cover their rising costs.

The [% 15420 | | Royal Caribbean %] lines will implement a charge of $5 per person per day for voyages departing on or after February 1, 2008. The charge cannot exceed $70 per person and is only applied to the first and second guest in each cabin. If you’ve already paid in full for your affected sailing, you are exempt from the extra fee. Additionally, guests who booked their cruise before November 16 but do not wish to pay the surcharge can cancel their reservations for free and receive a full refund.

[% 12025 | | Norwegian’s %] fee applies to all bookings made on or after December 1, 2007. Its charge is $7 per day for the first and second guest in a stateroom and $3 per day for each additional guest. Oceania is also levying a fee of $7 per person per day for bookings made in December and beyond for all sailings departing through April 2009. Guests who pay in full prior to December will be exempt from the surcharge.

Finally, [% 16844 | | Silversea %] is levying the highest charges yet. It’s hitting guests with a daily $10 per-person fee. This surcharge is effective on all 2008 cruises booked on or after November 14, 2007.

What’s the moral of this story? Any vacation you take, from a road trip to a plane flight or cruise, is now more expensive because of the rising cost of oil.

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