Cruise Fuel Supplement Old News

As you know, it's always important to read the fine print in your cruise contract. There's a line that has been running in most cruise contracts for many months now, one that nobody seems to pay any attention to…including the cruise lines.

It's the fuel supplement.

The line goes something like this: "…[cruise line] reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $10 per guest per day if the price of fuel exceeds $65 per barrel."

The last time oil prices were that low was mid-2009. Since then, we've been on 11 cruise ships and not once has the fuel supplement been mentioned, never mind activated.

It's been more than two years since crude prices were below $80 a barrel, and this week's price has been between $90 and $100 a barrel. So what's the point of the fine print? Is it an idle "threat" or a financial safety net for cruise lines?

At the very least, shouldn't it be updated?

Windstar Wind Spirit
7 nights
May 4, 2013
Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Bodrum, Ephesus, Istanbul
Oceanview: $3,199
Cost per day: $457

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