Carnival Cruise Line Backtracks on Room Service Changes

carnival cruise eliminates free room service
Only continental breakfast will remain complimentary. - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

UPDATE (1/7/18) - As of Sunday, January 6, John Heald has posted on his Facebook page the following regarding the elimination of complimentary room service on Carnival Cruise Line:

"Hello everyone, hope you are all having a brilliant Sunday. I had previously told you about changes to our room service offerings that would go into effect in January. I wanted to let you know that we are in the process of making some adjustments to that plan to balance the interests of our guests with our efforts to reduce food waste costs. For the time being then, there will be no changes until we finalise a plan that will I will communicate to you all."

Does this mean that Carnival may backtrack completely on their cost-only room service? Do you think it means there will continue to be a section of the menu that remains complimentary, or that they will lower the announced prices? Let us know in the comments!


Carnival Cruise Line’s brand ambassador, John Heald, has announced on his Facebook page that effective later this month, the line will be charging for room service.

Currently, Carnival has a complimentary section of their room service menu that has included items, such as salads, sandwiches, a small variety of desserts, and choice drinks. There’s also a section for items with a small upcharge, including wings, quesadillas, chicken tenders, and spicy shrimp. Now, the free section will be eliminated and everything on the menu will have a cost, ranging from $2 to $5 per item. One notable exception is the continental breakfast, which will remain complimentary across the fleet. To order breakfast, passengers hang a card outside their door the night before with their order filled out, so that it can arrive as soon as they want it in the morning.

Heald also mentioned in his post that effective immediately, the cost for the Bottomless Bubbles package will be increasing by $1 per day for kids and adults. This brings the cost to $5.95 for kids and $8.50 for adults per day, plus gratuity. The change is fleetwide, including Australia. The last time the price increased for Bottomless Bubbles was in May 2017. As usual, Carnival will honor the current price for those who pre-purchased that package. 

Here is the new menu:

carnival cruise new room service menu
Image by Carnival Cruise Line

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