How Do You Feel About Room Service Charges?

At the end of this month, RCCL will start adding a service charge of $7.95 for food orders delivered to staterooms except for continental Breakfast orders, which will still stay complimentary. The cruise line is joining Carnival & NCL in charging for room service. What are your thoughts?.

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38 Answers

Part of life. Everywhere prices always going up. Don't like it but have no choice but to accept it.

It seems a little overkill seeing as you already pay close to $200 in tips before you even get on board. But your only option is just not order it if you don't want to pay.

Part of life? Maybe. How about raving about ships/cruise lines that resist the incremental (almost geometric) price gouging creep adopted by their competitors? And damning the offenders with vicious reviews. May encourage them to behave.

Well I guess the other side of the coin you can look at, it doesn't cost me extra to go get breakfast myself. Sorry to be negative about it as I am not really. There is a price for luxury and convenience.

I get it. But cruising is a total indulgence. The constant assault on a passenger's pocket book or bank account erodes the enjoyment. They need to throw the passenger a bone or two (without hidden costs or gratuities) to convince them that booking the cruise was a good idea. Free chocolates on the pillow? I don't eat the stuff - but it sends all the right messages. The goofy towel animals? Again - not functional - but sends the right messages. Free room service? Sends all the right messages. A free "welcome on board cocktail" that is REALLY free? That would start the cruise off right and make up for (some of) the coming rip offs.

Carnival still has free items on the room service menu, with upcharges for certain items. Continental breakfast is still free, as well as a variety of sandwiches and such.

I don't mind a charge for room service--if I don't want to pay it, I can always take my happy self up to the Lido and get my own food :)

Good for you! On the other hand - lines at the Lido are getting increasingly frustrating - and places to sit scarce - and technically you are not alowed to bring food back to the cabin.

Carnival doesn't prohibit taking food back to the cabin--yet.

I get why people aren't happy about this. It's just one of those things that really doesn't matter to me. We don't do a lot of room service, but we do enjoy the breakfast on port mornings.

I seldom use room service but when I do its usually a BLT w/chips and a soda. If not that I'm walking up to Lido Deck for pizza and ice cream.

Really, are we ever satisfied when something that was free now cost? It's part of living.

We grit our teeth when the price of a bar of soap goes up, the price of milk, produce, or anything. So why should we post nasty and hateful reviews as if the people who increase cost actually will read them and feel bad?

When Carnival invented the FTTF program, I lost my priority luggage. I called Carnival and complained and then I realized that the person I'm calling has no way of changing it. It was time to move on and get over it.

Right on the spot keywest1!!Wink

Consumer blocks can influence their service providers. A few years back (2014?) Princess tried to institute a $3 surcharge for all stateroom "deliveries." Customer complaints allowed them to change their minds. And yes - cruise lines absolutely monitor sites like They'd be foolish not to.

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