Carnival Corp. will eliminate fuel surcharges and raise ticket prices for 2010 sailings on its five North American cruise brands, as well as Costa Cruises.

All 2010 cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruises and Costa, booked on or after Oct. 31 will be subject to a price increase, Carnival Corp. said, which will vary for each of the different brands. Carnival said the increase would not be tied to its current fuel supplements.

"If fuel prices stabilize below $70 a barrel, we will be able to effectively eliminate a separate fuel supplement," said Bill Harber, director of marketing for Carnival Corp., in a statement, in which he also cautioned that fuel prices could go higher, in which case Carnival Corp. would maintain or reinstate a fuel supplement. "But the company is hopeful that the goal of eliminating the fuel supplement can be achieved."

Carnival also said that it would reimburse the current fuel supplement to passengers on 2008 and 2009 cruises depending on oil prices just prior to that cruise; if the price of oil falls below $70 per barrel for 25 straight days until five days before the cruise, according to prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange Index, the fuel supplement would be refunded in the form of a shipboard credit.

Carnival added it would track the fuel prices and post them on its website, and would automatically process refunds and apply them as shipboard credits on qualifying cruises.

In addition, passengers that book a 2010 cruise prior to Oct. 31 will be charged the current fuel supplement but will also be eligible for a refund of the fuel supplement in accordance with the same fuel price conditions that are being implemented for the 2008 and 2009 departures.

Most Carnival Corp. lines currently charge a fuel supplement of $9 per person, per day, for the first and second guest, which can not exceed $126 per person, per cruise, and $4 per person, per day for third, fourth and fifth guests, which can not exceed $56 per person, per cruise. Seabourn charges $15 per person, per day, for the first and second guest, not to exceed $210 per person, per cruise, and $4 per person, per day, for third and fourth passengers, not to exceed $56 per person, per cruise.

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