Carnival Cruise Line has just announced they are launching new a la carte fees on late-night room service orders, as well as cutting the feature itself on disembarkation days.
The changes will go into effect on January 14th; the fees will be placed on room service ordered between 10 pm. and 6 am and will be a la carte with menu items ranging from $2 to $6.
The menu will be expanded, with new options such as Greek salad; chicken Caesar salad; portabella and veggie burgers; grilled cheese, a bacon and tomato sandwich; roast turkey wrap; dark chocolate walnut brownies; doughnut sandwiches; and a banana split.
Carnival will continue to offer some complimentary room service selections- mostly sandwiches, salads and desserts- until 10 pm.
Room service breakfast will remain free, but will no longer be available on days when the ship returns to its homeport; it will continue to be served at the Lido buffet, the dining room and Ocean Plaza (on ships that do feature the venue).
Carnival’s brand ambassador, John Heald, revealed that the changes have been put in place because of food waste. He commented that when passengers return to their cabin from late-night comedy clubs and shows, “they have the munchies, or at least they think they do.
So they call 8000, eat a little of it and leave most of it. There is therefore a massive amount of food waste that happens during the late-night time period.”
Complimentary food will still be available late-night, at the pizzeria and deli onboard the fleet.
What do you think of the newly-introduced room service fees? Do you think this was inevitable and an effective way to stop food being wasted? Or do you think the feature should stay complimentary? Leave us your comments below…
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