The world of cruising is being rocked by revelations on a fairly regular basis these days.
Recently, there has been the departure of virtually everyone with any authority at P&O Cruises UK.
Then Mickey Arison, himself, steps down as CEO of Carnival (although remains Chair?!).
Then there are all the route restrictions, as discussed in another recent post.
And now? This.
North American Emission Control Area affects route choices
I had not heard of this. Bravo to Cruise Critic for spotting it.
If you click on the link, you will see a little map of the United States, with a black line drawn around it. From 1 January 2015, this means that if you want to sail inside the line (i.e. stop at most US ports apart from southern Florida), you have to use low sulfur fuel, which costs a fortune. Maryland port officials are unofficially estimating a cost increase of around $150 per passenger.
Carnival UK has kept this very quiet. I would imagine the first place we will see an effect is in less liners, such as Cunard and the Queens, doing the London-New York run, and the utter demise of any special offers on those routes.
Let me know if you spot anything, and I will post anything else I learn.