Fred Olsen says early bookers won't pay fuel charges

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines raised fares for the 2012-13 season to reflect rising fuel costs and rolled out a "No Fuel Surcharge Guarantee" on bookings through Aug. 31 for any cruise departing on and after Jan. 1, 2012.

"The brochure prices for the 2012-13 season are higher than those for the 2011-12 season, as the price factors in the rising cost of fuel (based on current projections), which we have had to levy separately in the form of fuel cost supplements for the 2011-12 season," said a Fred Olsen spokeswoman.

"We have therefore made the decision that we can offer guests a 'No Fuel Surcharge Guarantee' for early bookings made for the 2012-13 season up until Aug. 31."

The line, which operates its headquarters from Suffolk, England, had been adding a 5.5% fuel charge on 2012 bookings.

"As we plan ahead for the 2012-13 cruise program, we hope that this guarantee will provide reassurance to guests booking 2012-13 cruises up to Aug. 31 that their fare is protected from any future fuel increases," said Nigel Lingard, director of marketing.

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