Car­ni­val de­lays cut to free ser­vice

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL -

Cruise gi­ant Car­ni­val’s plan to cut back on free room ser­vice is on hold.

The Mi­ami-based line last week an­nounced it would be­gin charg­ing for nearly all of the items on its room ser­vice menu in mid-Jan­uary. But on Tues­day it said it would push back im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new charges while it makes ad­just­ments.

The de­lay comes in the wake of heavy crit­i­cism of the plan by Car­ni­val fans who are ac­cus­tomed to see­ing at least a few free items on Car­ni­val’s room ser­vice menus. A post on the topic at lead­ing cruise fan site has drawn thou­sands of com­ments, many of them neg­a­tive.

Car­ni­val al­ready charges for a num­ber of items on its room ser­vice menu dur­ing the day and all items dur­ing late-night hours. But un­til now, a va­ri­ety of sal­ads, sand­wiches and desserts have been avail­able for free from room ser­vice dur­ing the day. Un­der the plan an­nounced last week, those items, too, would have come with a charge rang­ing from $2 to $5.

The new plan would have left just one item on the menu avail­able for free: the Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast.

Car­ni­val’s two main ri­vals, Royal Caribbean and Nor­we­gian Cruise Line, stopped of­fer­ing free room ser­vice in 2017 and 2015, re­spec­tively. Both lines now charge a flat fee of $7.95 for room ser­vice or­ders with the ex­cep­tion of Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast.


On Tidal Twis­ter, it will ap­pear that two trains will be bar­rel­ing to­ward and nar­rowly avert­ing each other.


Car­ni­val de­layed its plan to cut free room ser­vice.

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