I think we all agree there’s never any danger of going hungry on a cruise ship; yet it seems there are some metaphorical tears on the pillow following reports of a shortage or total demise of bedtime chocolates – and it’s prompted quite a debate on the forums.
However much I’ve already eaten, if I spot a sweet treat in my cabin I’ll consume it, even though the notion of eating chocolate immediately before bedtime at home is an alien concept (even for me). And I admit to feeling short changed if there’s a little poem or profound philosophical ditty on my pillow instead.
So it’s no surprise that Cruise Critic member cruisestitch triggered a lengthy thread on the Celebrity forum after posting: “Bedtime chocolates gone! Now really, Celebrity. You have to cut corners so close that there aren’t any pennies per night for pieces of chocolate?”
CruisingChick sympathizes and says it’s one more thing from the “old days of cruising” that has joined dinosaurs and become extinct.
“I saved them for the next day and ate them after lunch which is my favorite time to have a chocolate,” she adds.
It seems the chocolate fairy can be fickle. Some members confirm nocturnal chocolate sightings onboard Celebrity Silhouette and Reflection, while others relate tales of chocolates one night out of seven on Summit and all the first week with nothing on the second on Millennium. Sometimes, it seems, you just have to ask.
“On our last three Celebrity sailings there were no chocolates until we mentioned it, and then they appeared every night,” advises richsea. “I do love having them on the pillow every night, and usually eat my wife’s also.”
The thing that surprised me most is how strong-willed some of you are. Around half the members on the thread said they left the chocolates behind, saved them to eat at home or gave them to their children or work colleagues.
Of course, a peril of not eating them is the risk of sticky accidents, and several members have woken up with melted chocolate on their face, in their hair and embarrassingly smeared over the bedclothes.
On a practical note, cruisingator2 points out that when RCI put a stop to bedtime chocolates in all cabins bar suites, the line issued a statement saying that due to public health rules all unwanted chocolates had to be thrown away, which added up to a whopping total of 17.5 tons of chocolate covered by 780,000 square feet of foil being discarded each year.
So is cutting back on chocolate a penny-pinching exercise or a sensible eco-friendly decision to reduce waste (and maybe even waistlines). What do you think?
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