Carnival Cruise Line to Charge for Some Room Service

April 6, 2015
Carnival Conquest

(3 p.m. EDT) -- Less than a week after Norwegian announced it will be testing a "service charge" on room service orders on Breakaway and Getaway, Carnival has rolled out plans to try something similar. Beginning later this month, Carnival will test out a new room service menu, part of which will carry a fee.

A statement from the cruise line says new items featured on the menu will include sushi, chicken wings, fried shrimp, quesadillas and personal pizzas, which will range in price from $4 to $7.

However, Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen tells us that free selections will still be offered 24/7 via room service; they include hot and cold sandwiches, salads, desserts and Continental breakfast items.

According to the statement, the aim is to increase the food quality and number of choices available for in-room consumption.

"Ohhhh...interesting!" says Cruise Critic member nessz79, who has been chatting about the issue on the Carnival message board. "I would be willing to pay for some nicer things on the room service menu. Especially breakfast."

But v3cruiser disagrees. "What a shame if they start charging for room service items. I would be okay with paying for hot items though! Most of the food we can get from lido when it's open so it seems like we are being charged for something we already paid for in our cruise fare."

The new menu will debut on Carnival Imagination, Carnival Conquest and Carnival Pride on April 12. Passenger feedback will determine whether it will be expanded to other ships in the fleet.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor