Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has announced it will be implementing a £2.50 a day fuel supplement following an increase in oil prices.

The cruiseline has confirmed that all new bookings made on or after December 10 for sailings from February 1 2008 will face the new charges.

The charge will involve three Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd executive vice president and chief financial officer Brian Rice said: “I thank our guests for understanding our need to implement this fuel supplement. We have gone to great lengths to minimize the impact of rising fuel costs, for example by designing and building more fuel-efficient ships, installing energy-saving lighting, and using air conditioning more efficiently.

“Unfortunately, as fuel prices have reached record highs, we are forced to take this extraordinary step to offset those costs.”

The supplement will apply only to the first and second guests in each stateroom and will not exceed £35/€49 per person, per sailing.