Bear in mind that one of the key reasons the cruise industry took off in the first place was because the cost to move people from one port to the next, per person, was (still is) peanuts - a tiny component of total costs (why do you think the new vessels are always getting bigger & bigger?)
I've been doing some research on the web and if my numbers are in the ball park, a cruise ship burns about 1.75 gallons of fuel per person per day (that's fuel for travel, generators, the lot) on your typical 7-day port-intensive loop. (I'll stand corrected on this if someone wants to do the math).
A gallon of gasolene (yes, cruise ships burn diesel) runs around $3.50 per gallon, retail (I bet they pay less than retail!). So thats about 6 bucks per person per day for fuel.
Now, even allowing for a 50% error in my research, how on earth does Carnival justify a $7 fuel surcharge?
Help me with this, someone.
Or am I being niaive in thinking this is just (for that's what they call it) a fuel surcharge?
And, if it is more than a mere fuel surcharge, are they lying to us?
QE2: Southampton - New York, 02.05.
Carnival Holiday: Mobile - W. Carib - Mobile, 05.04.
Legend of the Seas: Tampa - Southampton, 06.05.
Carnival Spirit: San Diego - Hawaii, 07.06.
Celebrity Galaxy: Miami - Rome, 08.05.
Emerald Princess: Ft Lauderdale - S. Caribbean - FL, 08.11.
Splendour of the Seas: Lisbon - Sao Paulo, 09.12.
Ocean Princess: Dover - Greenland - New York, 10.06.
Serenade of the Seas: San Juan - E. Caribbean - San Juan, 11.05
Crown Princess: New York - Quebec, 11.09.
Rotterdam VI: Ft Lauderdale - Rotterdam, 12.04
Queen Mary 2: New York - Southampton, 13.07
Queen Mary 2: Southampton - New York, 13.08
Queen Victoria: Ft. Lauderdale - Southampton, 14.04
Norwegian Pearl: Miami - E. Carib - Miami 15.03
Queen Mary 2: New York - Southampton, 15.08
Queen Mary 2: Southampton - New York, 15.08
Queen Mary 2: New York - Southampton, 16.07
Queen Mary 2: Southampton - New York, 16.08
Norwegian Jade: Tampa - Cork, 17.04
P&O Aurora: Southampton - Baltic - Southampton, 17.05