A lawsuit filed on Friday is claiming that Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL)
and subsidiary Celebrity Cruise Lines overcharged
passengers at least $150 million in fraudulent taxes.
"We are outraged by the actions of the attorneys filing this suit," said Lynn Martenstein
, vice president, Corporate Communications. "Our figures show they are dead wrong in their facts and we feel they are hugely irresponsible in using the media to sensationalize a nonexistent case."
"We actually pay more in government taxes and fees than we charge our guests," she explained, citing a preliminary analysis of guest charges and payments made to government.
Using actual figures paid by two of the plaintiffs as examples, the RCCL said they were charged $26 and $40, respectively, for government taxes and fees. The company, in turn, paid approximately $45 and $58, respectively, to cover such taxes and fees.