Travel Weekly's Cruise E-letter: Nov. 20, 2007

THE LATEST CRUISE COMPANIES to implement a fuel surcharge are Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Silversea Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Crystal Cruises and NCL Corp.

" RCCL's $5 per passenger, per day charge, capped at $70 per person per voyage, applies to bookings not paid in full by Nov. 16 on sailings on or after Feb. 1 on its three U.S. brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

" Silversea implemented a $10 per person, per day surcharge for new bookings made on or after Nov. 14.

" NCL Corp. said passengers on Norwegian Cruise Line and NCL America ships will be levied $7 per person, per day for bookings made on or after Dec. 1. A $3 per person, per day surcharge will apply to third and fourth passengers in a cabin.

" Windstar will levy a $8.50 per passenger per day fuel surcharge on bookings not paid in full by Dec. 14 on cruises through March 2009.

" Crystal Cruises, which had set a $5 per passenger, per day fuel surcharge for its 2007 sailings, will implement a $7 per passenger surcharge on 2008 sailings not paid in full by Jan 1.

RIVER CRUISE LINES have also begun adding fuel surcharges. Majestic America Line said it would add a surcharge of $8.50 per passenger, per day for bookings not paid in full by Dec. 15 for cruises through March 2009. And Viking River Cruises said it would implement a $7 per person per day surcharge for reservations not paid in full by Dec. 19 for all published sailings through 2008.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE has chosen five finalists in its search for the godmother of the Norwegian Gem from more than 500 online video entries submitted by previous NCL passengers. NCL said the public can help choose the winner by voting online at www.gemitgirl.com through Dec. 7. The Gem will be named in New York on Dec. 18.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD. officially launched CruiseMatch, a booking and customer service program now available on RCCL's agent Web site, www.cruisingpower.com. The company said the program enables agents to create an individual or group reservation "in as few as eight steps."

Cruise E-Letter Editor: Johanna Jainchill

Phone: (201) 902-2065

[email protected]

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