First carriers charge fuel surcharges for flights already booked

Hanover.The cruise operator Plantours charges an additional fuel fee. This applies not only to new reservations, but also to existing ones, reports the magazine “Reise vor 9”, citing group information.

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In a letter to customers, it was said that after the conclusion of the travel contract, “Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine and the global political situation led to the fact that the prices for transporting people increased significantly due to the high cost of fuel and other energy sources.”

Subscription price doubled

Plantors explained the increase in costs using the example of the ocean-going ship “Hamburg”: the average consumption of marine diesel is about 24 tons per day. When last year’s travel prices were calculated, a purchase price of $550 per ton was assumed. Meanwhile, that purchase price has risen to $1,100 per ton.

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According to official information, customers should take more than a third of the price increase. Plantours will bear the additional difference in actual cost increases. Specifically, this means: 11 euros per person and a night on the ocean liner “Hamburg” and 5 euros on the four river ships. Travel agencies charge a 5 percent commission on the surcharge.

Is Plantours the only cruise company that is asking its customers to pay more due to high fuel prices?

Tui Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd currently exclude fuel surcharges

The major shipping companies are not currently planning any such steps. “We will not offer any fuel surcharges for trips with the Mein Schiff fleet. We have signed long-term contracts. So, in the first year, which seems normal after the pandemic, we will not be bothered Our customers are at high prices.”

The situation is similar at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The flights are counted too soon, press spokeswoman Karen Schmidt says. “We recently published our catalogs of luxury vessels ‘Europa’ and ‘Europa 2’ as well as our new Expedition class including prices for the 2023/2024 season.

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As part of tourism and travel, the cruise company has not been spared from high fuel prices and general inflation. “Despite these challenges, there are currently no plans to adjust our catalog prices,” Schmidt says.

“On the contrary: against the backdrop of a situation that remains precarious, we would like to provide our guests with greater safety during their cruise. For example, they can rebook it free of charge for up to 90 days before departure until the beginning of next year.”

MSC also plans to “currently have no additional fees or other increases”. RND’s request from Aida has not yet been answered.

Ferry tickets are more expensive

Shipping company Tallink and Selga introduced a temporary fuel surcharge on ticket prices on the Tallinn-Stockholm, Helsinki-Stockholm and Turku-Stockholm (via Mariehamn/Aland) ferry routes on 14 March. It is €2.90 for a single landing and €5.80 for a return trip.

“Many ferry companies also deal in freight. This means that fuel price changes can be mitigated, but only to a certain extent,” explains Rebecca Giger of Cruise & Ferry Center to the online portal About Travel. In addition, many ferry companies have had to contend with a decline in passenger numbers and state-imposed capacity restrictions in the past two years.

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Other ferry companies such as Finnlines, Stena Line or GNV remain cautious, and have not yet decided on any such measures, but are monitoring the situation closely. “Depending on how the situation in Ukraine develops and fuel prices, other providers can follow in the near future,” says Rebecca Geiger.

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