Fred Olsen Cruise Lines announces further fuel supplement hike

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is increasing its fuel supplement for cruises booked in its new 2009/2010 first-edition brochure from tomorrow.

The new charge is £4 per person per night for the first two passengers in a cabin, up to a maximum of £80 per cruise, and £2 per person per night for third and fourth passengers in the cabin, up to a maximum of £40 per person per cruise. It applies to all new bookings made from July 1 and is up from £3.50 per passenger.

This applies to all cruises featured in the cruiseline’s Worldwide 2009/2010 first-edition brochure, with the exception of cruises that also feature in the 2008/2009 third-edition brochure, which have maintained a £5 per person per night supplement, announced last month.

Cruises in the 2008/2009 third-edition brochure, for bookings up until April 16 next year, maintain a higher £5 charge compared to £4 for 2009/2010 cruises as a result of calculating the cost of fuel in a different way, said a spokeswoman. 

At the launch of the new 2009/2010 brochure marketing director Nigel Lingard said the whole industry was challenged by “fuel prices that are exponentially growing”. Fuel costs have continued to increase – the cost of oil currently stands at US $142 a barrel.

This is the fourth change announced on fuel by the cruiseline. It introduced a £2.50 supplement in December last year across all cruises. This was then increased to £3.50 on May 1, and for 2008/2008 third-edition brochure cruises it was increased to £5 on June 10.




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