Ah, room service. Some cruisers can’t imagine not starting the day with a pot of coffee delivered to their door to enjoy on the balcony. Others, meh. We were struck by the wide disparity among readers over the importance — or lack thereof — of cruise ship room service in our recent Poll Position on the subject. It seemed to be about evenly split between those who value breakfast on a silver tray — about 43 percent — and those who just couldn’t be bothered when there are so many other meals out there waiting to be enjoyed.
Many, like Edward Mike Conners, told us on our Facebook page that they use room service as a wake-up call each morning. Nothing like a hot pot of joe at your door in the a.m. Ann-Marie Casey-Christensen practically relived her cruise as she gushed about the “guilty pleasure” of combining terrycloth, sea air and fresh fruit plates (“so much nicer than standing in buffet lines”).
Some think room service makes the vacation. Janice Butt is in this camp, writing “vacation is all about being laxy and relaxing, so room service is a perfect way to do this!”
Still, others insist there’s too much emphasis on food while cruising, so a bit of exercise to go get a meal can’t hurt (“We NEVER do room service. I didn’t pay all that money to stay in my cube they call a room!” writes Stuart Twiddy). And Natascha Porter, who enjoys the ambience of the restaurant, says she does “not see the perks of sitting alone in your cabin with a tray.”
Bert Scott sees how room-service breakfast can be pleasant, but it’s that small menu that does him in: “The choices are so limited and I like breakfast, so we usually do the buffet.” Brian Armour agrees, claiming the scant room service menu is good for snacks only.
Judi Martin is one cruiser who has never even used room service. She’s in good company with about 35 percent of you, including Marsha Moore Herring, who keeps meaning to try it (“always say this time we are gonna order room service, but in 8 cruises never have”).
Some, like Jodi Troxell Williams, had a bad experience that scared them off of room service. In Jodi’s case, she “ordered 2 grilled cheese…took them almost an hour and a half, they were cold and stale when they arrived!! GROSS!!!”
Sounds nasty. But we’ll let Diane Walker Couturier have the last words here, just because she’s so emphatic about it: “breakfast on the balcony!! That’s why I cruise!!”
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