June 5, 2015
(11 a.m. EDT) -- After a brief flirtation with a la carte pricing, Jamie's Italian restaurant onboard Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, has reinstated a cover charge. The price is $30 per person.
Jamie's Italian, the first at-sea restaurant spearheaded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, first debuted with a $25 cover charge on Anthem's fleetmate Quantum of the Seas in 2014. But when Anthem launched April 2015, the pricing structure at the restaurant had changed to per-item fees. At the time, Royal Caribbean said the decision to switch to a la carte pricing was driven by Oliver's team.
Passengers quickly noted how expensive the restaurant was with the new a la carte prices. Appetizers started at $7; planks cost $10 each and main courses ran the gamut from $15 for a hamburger to $25 for lamb chops. Deserts were priced at $7.50, though a scoop of ice cream or sorbet was $2. A passenger purchasing just an appetizer and a main course could easily reach or surpass the cover charge pricing.
--By Dori Saltzman, Editor