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Cruise lines increase fuel surcharges

26 January 2009 08:44

Cruise lines increase fuel surcharges

Customers thinking of going on a cruise holiday may have to prepare themselves for rising costs as lines look to combat rising fuel costs, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Cruise passengers may have to stump up as much as £19 per night to counteract the rocketing oil prices.

However, travellers are advised not to go without travel insurance to fund the extra accommodation costs, as it could provide valuable cover in case of loss or damage to belongings.

Specialist cruise travel insurance is available which may turn out to offer the best cover for cruise passengers.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has already raised its fuel surcharge for the fifth time since December, with the latest taking effect from April 16th 2009.

David Yellow, managing director of the firm, told the Daily Telegraph: "Unfortunately we were unable to anticipate the massive escalation in fuel costs when setting our prices for 2008.

"For our summer 2009 programme we are offering passengers who book early a 'no-surcharge guarantee' so that they are better able to plan their holiday expenditure."

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