Carnival Cruise Line Adds Room Service Charge for Late-Night Orders

by Daniel McCarthy
Carnival Cruise Line Adds Room Service Charge for Late-Night Orders

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Carnival Cruise Line will no longer offer complimentary room service 24-hours a day.

Carnival announced this week that guests ordering room service between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. during their sailing will now be charged between $2 and $6 per item for a new menu of dishes. 

“There is going to be a change and I wanted to let you know today what that change is going to be,” Carnival brand ambassador John Heald said in a posting announcing the change.

The new menu includes Greek salads, chicken Caesar salads, portabella and veggie buns, grilled cheeses, bacon and tomato sandwichs, roast turkey wraps, dark chocolate walnut brownies, doughnut sandwiches, banana splits, and more.

Carnival will continue to give guests free room service during the rest of the day, though it will now no longer offer breakfast room service on disembarkation day. On those disembarkation days, guests will still be able to eat at the Lido deck restaurants and in the main dining room.

In his post, Heald said that the change will help “alleviate” the food waste that tends to happen more often during the late night period.

He also said that while some may be upset at the news, Carnival has no plans to add a fee during the rest of the day and that “we are one of the only cruise lines among our competitors who offer a daily and evening complimentary room service menu.”

Royal Caribbean announced it would start charging $7.95 room service—plus an 18 percent gratuity charge—last year while Norwegian Cruise Line added its $7.95 charge in 2015.  Celebrity Cruises announced it would charge a $4.95 fee between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in 2015.

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