Crystal Cruises has this week announced it will be introducing a fuel surcharge.

A surcharge of £6.25 per passenger per day will be applied on all new bookings made on or after June 23.

The cruiseline blamed the unprecented increases in oil prices. Crystal Cruises UK sales and marketing director Sophie Higgins said: “We regret any increased charges to our guests, but the fuel costs are escalating far beyond expectations.  Unfortunately, even this amount will not fully cover the increased costs we are absorbing.”

The move follows recent surcharge hikes by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival UK.

Last week Fred Olsen increased its surcharge for new bookings up to and including April 16, 2009, made from June 10, from £3.50 to £5 per person per night for the first two occupants of a cabin and a £2 surcharge for third and fourth cabin passengers. The supplement will be capped at a maximum of £90 per person per cruise.   

Earlier this month Carnival UK added an extra £4.50 per person per day for all new bookings from June 2, its second fuel surcharge increase in two months, and NCL upped its surcharge for all new bookings from June 20.