MrChocoholic
Contributor Level: Captain

Fuel surcharge

Here's something I really wonder about: we all know the cruise lines reserve the right to add a fuel surcharge when the price of crude oil goes above a certain ceiling. They don't hide it and come right out and print it on their ticket contract and other documents. But what I wonder is, how come when fuel prices drop below a certain point, say whatever the per barrel price is that corresponds to $2.50 a gallon at the pump, cruise lines don't drop their prices accordingly? Certainly fuel oil is a major operating expense but that's only part of the total that cruise lines spend on petrochemicals. If Holland-America, for example, is paying correspondingly less for fuel I'm guessing that a great way to get first-timers aboard ships would be to slash prices on the routes that consume the most fuel. After all, doesn't JiffyLube charge less for an oil change now? What do you think?

 

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Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I think they price the cruises at current rates at the time. They reserve the right to add fuel surcharges if the price of fuel goes up. If price if fuel goes down, better for their bottom line.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

You have a point.  Even at the pumps, when the price rises, you see the increase immediately.  It doesn't go down as fast when the cost per barrel goes down.  However, I still feel that cruising is a good value.Happy

MrChocoholic
Contributor Level: Captain

With gas prices at the pump falling below $1.50 per gallon I don't see cruise ships lowering prices accordingly.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

1.50 a gallon..... not here in Los Angeles CA    I'm doing good to get premium at $ 2.90 a gallon.   

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

99 pence a litre here for diesel !! Lovely

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Wow,  that's  about $ 3.75 a gallon.... I do not know if Diesel is less or more expensive then then regular gas.  

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I paid $1.69 in Florida today.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

At the moment diesel is 2 pence cheaper than unleaded

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