December 31, 2018.
Carnival is ringing in the new year by announcing a $1 per day increase for the Bottomless Bubbles soft drink package, and also will be charging for all room service orders other than continental breakfast.
Previously, Carnival had a blend of room service items with some being complimentary and some with a fee. But that will be changing in a couple weeks.
The news was reported by Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald on his Facebook page. John posted the following:
“Starting January 1, 2019, Carnival Cruise Line will be increasing the cost for the Bottomless Bubbles package program by $1 per day to $5.95 per day for kids and $8.50 per day for adults, plus gratuity. The change will be fleetwide, including Australia.”
“Starting mid-January 2019, we will be starting an a la carte stateroom service menu fleetwide. A wide variety of menu items will be available with a nominal cost ranging from $2 to $5 per item. Charges apply to lunch, dinner and late-night menu items. Over the last several years, we have heavily invested in bringing more variety to our complimentary food choices across our fleet, while at the same time trying to find effective means to continue to reduce food waste. This new pricing structure positions Carnival on par with similar charges by other cruise operators in the contemporary market.” (Editor’s Note: Royal Caribbean charges a flat fee per order, no matter the quantity of food ordered. $7.95 for one sandwich or $7.95 for ten sandwiches.)
The new room service menu is as follows:
January 12, 2018.
Earlier this week, Carnival announced it was going to start charging for room service between 10pm and 6am. This morning, the new menu was posted on John Heald’s Facebook page.
Late Night Room Service Menu
For comparison, here is the ‘free’ room service menu for the rest of the day and evening. Note that many items are on both menus.
January 10, 2018.
Carnival is beginning the new year with new fees for various services.
For most purchases made online from the Fun Shops, a new 15% delivery charge will be tacked on. This includes things such as six-packs of soda, cookies, cakes, but apparently if you buy bottled water it will still be delivered to the cabin for free.
When it comes to room service there are two big changes. As announced by Brand Ambassador John Heald on his Facebook page, Carnival will now be charging for late night room service.
From 10pm to 6am, room service will offer an expanded menu of fee-based salads, sandwiches, and specialty items such as Greek Salad; Chicken Caesar Salad; Portabella & Veggie Bun; Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Tomato Sandwich; and Roast Turkey Wrap; as well as a selection of new desserts including Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownies; Doughnut Sandwich; and Banana Split. Prices for menu items will range from $2 to $6.
Also, Carnival is going to discontinue offering room service breakfast on debarkation morning.
March 21, 2017.
As we’ve reported twice recently, Royal Caribbean is rolling out a new enhanced room service menu that adds a $7.95 service charge for most orders. You can read more about it here, and see the new menus here.
Serenade Of The Seas will be the first ship to get the new room service on March 27, and the plan is to have the whole fleet* transitioned by May 26.
*Quantum Of The Seas is not included in this new room service plan.
The ship-by-ship rollout is as follows:
March 16, 2017 – Yesterday we reported on the new service charge of $7.95 for room service on Royal Caribbean. Here are the new enhanced menus for breakfast and all day. Note on the breakfast menu the continental choices are still “free”. The menus and service charge will begin rolling out fleetwide starting March 27.
March 15, 2017 – Social media is ablaze today with reports that Royal Caribbean plans to roll out a fleetwide service charge for essentially all room service orders. The fee will be $7.95 per order from the “All Day Menu” as well as the American breakfast (hot food) menu. Continental breakfast items will remain complimentary. Those in suites (grand suites or higher) will continue to receive all room service for free.
“Per order” means trip being performed by room service. For example if one person orders the “Classic Philly” cheesesteak sandwich and another person in the cabin orders a “Royal Burger”, the cost is $7.95 for the entire order. However if a cabin orders hot breakfast items at 8am and then sandwiches later in the day, they pay $7.95 two times.
On their Facebook page Royal Caribbean says “The convenience fee has been introduced to better manage the high demand of this convenient service.”
The fee begins on March 27, 2017 across the fleet. The previous $3.95 fee for late night orders will end.