When Mel McBeth and his wife booked a cruise on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 last year, they weren’t expecting any additional charges. But that’s exactly what they got when the cruise line helped itself to another $180, which it claimed was a fuel surcharge, on the day they paid for their vacation.
McBeth was sure there wouldn’t be a fuel surcharge. On the day he booked his cruise, the price of light sweet crude for December delivery fell to $59.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange — far below the $70 a barrel-level that would have triggered the charge.
Was the Queen Mary 2 having a gas problem?
“Queen Mary’s little gas problem”