At the time we suspended fuel supplements we reserved the right to reinstate them if the price of light sweet crude oil, according to the NYMEX, should increase above $70 per barrel. While we have now exceeded that threshold, in light of the economic crisis and resulting consumer weakness, we presently have no plans to institute a fuel supplement. We will continue to monitor the situation in the markets and review our position as the situation warrants.
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Remember way back in 2008, when cruise lines made passengers foot the bill for skyrocketing fuel costs? After months of cheaper gas -- and surcharge-free cruising -- the price per barrel has crept up to nearly $72, a new high for 2009, and oil's recent ascension has the Cruise Critic message boards all abuzz.
Today, the message for concerned cruisers is that there is no intention to reinstate surcharges -- at least for now.
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Hey cruisers! Are you bored with bingo? Had enough of art auctions and pain-inducing performances of “Eye of the Tiger”? Not to worry. Over the next few months, the cruise industry will roll out some of the most innovative ships to hit the high seas since the RMS Olympic set sail in 1911 with a swimming pool and Turkish bath.