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

I'm with Ctav on this. I usually get a BLT and chips for a few dollars or just the free food from room service late at night or its grabbing a few slices of pizza. I also like room service for a bagel and coffee with juice in the morning with no charge. I give a 2 dollar tip as well.

Lessons learned. A generous tip one night equals prompt service the next time.

They sure do read CruiseLine, but you will be hard pressed to convince most on that subject. We have family members that live in Miami that work for 2 major CruiseLines and they both confirmed Management does mention CruiseLine and others in their briefings. But i love it when you read "Why are you posting this review the CruiseLines never read anything on this site" OK sure they dont.


Right. Now they know what Balcony Club membership is.

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I don't get it.

A few days ago it was stated (as well as many other times in many other places) that the "mandatory tipping" should be abolished and if the lines were to just tack it on to the fare all would be good.

RCCL has done that in a way that doesn't affect people who don't use the service -- a mandatory charge for use.

Why is everyone upset? They have to pay the waiters, after all.

ABSOLUTELY. They have to pay the waiters, after all. And the rest of the hotel staff - and the ship's crew. WE shouldn't have to.

But - you are ALREADY paying automatic "gratuities." With additional penalties for every bar order. And you think you should owe ANOTHER "generous tip" to insure prompt service?

"Additional penalties for every bar order"

"And you think you should owe ANOTHER generous tip to insure prompt service"

DUDE!!! You've made your point that you want everything you get your hands on for free. You have no idea the distance that the servers are required to cover just so you can sit in your cabin and wait while pacing around for them to show up with your order. These workers work very hard for what they are paid and if I tip them on what the meal would cost me at home is okay by me. And if they tell me thank you and when I call them again, they'll make sure my wait time isn't as long? That's fine by me too.

Also, PAL, if I choose to order something more than a snack and it's going to cost a little more since it's above the normal request? That's fine by me too.

The cruise line isn't forcing you to use the service and if you don't want to pay for it, don't use it. It's just that simple.

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