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Food fight!!! Royal Caribbean to charge for roomservice!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 9 - 2009

You-gotta-be-kidding-of-the-seas! Royal Caribbean announced that later this month it will begin implementing a service charge for onboard room service orders placed between midnight and 5 a.m., in order to encourage “responsible food ordering,” the cruise line said. The line noted that room service would still be complimentary from 5 a.m. to midnight, and that in order to offer no-charge dining options late at night, the line is introducing newly extended hours at other onboard eateries. Royal Caribbean says that the $3.95 charge per delivery was based on an “exhaustive review of demand for room service by hour of day and the corresponding amount of food discarded.” The new policy is scheduled to take effect on a “ship-by-ship basis” between January 13 and 23.

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3 Responses to “Food fight!!! Royal Caribbean to charge for roomservice!”

  1. jenna says:

    are these guys crazy? I wonder what do they mean by responsible food ordering? So next month when i travel on the ship will I have to order food before 12 to escape the charge? We were planning to travel on Caribbean for our honeymoon but seems this kind of charges will surely make us think twice!!

  2. I have to admit, I’ve been on a couple of cruises and on several occasions have ordered excessive amounts of late night room service, only to find it all on the tray in the morning. I can understand where they’re coming from, especially when dealing with us brits !

  3. Blake says:

    I can actually understand why they would do this. Just walk down the hall of any cruise ship at 4:00 am and you will see many trays in the hallway loaded with huge amounts of uneaten food. Even more uneaten food is taken away by the stewards each morning. People come back after a night of drinking and they order more food than they know they will eat, but they want to sample everything…and it is free.

    However, I don’t know if this policy will have the desired effect. If people have to pay a delivery charge, they are probably going to order even more. If passengers have to pay $3.95, they probably won’t just order 1 sandwich. Wanting to get their money’s worth, they will order everything on the menu. RCL likely knows this, so this policy isn’t really about preventing waste. Instead, it is a way for the cruise line to recoup some of the loss resulting from passengers that abuse the system.

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