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I'll be sure to mention DocLC in mine, just in case he forgets!

LOL. By the time I take my next cruise, I'll probably have come to terms with the charge. I'm also hopefully optimistic that the change will actually result in something positive--better food, quality, and service.

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LOL. By the time I take my next cruise, I'll probably have come to terms with the charge. I'm also hopefully optimistic that the change will actually result in something positive--better food, quality, and service.

If any of the above items mentioned, improve, then it will be worth the $7.95 charge, maybe. I'm going to give room service a try in Oct. I won't know if it's better than before, never having cruised before, but I will give my honest opinion about quality of food and service.

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On 3/23/2017 at 10:33 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

 

I've always believed that the WJ hours were insufficient.  I doubt they will make a change b/c of this new RS policy but I can think of a half dozen other reasons why they should have SOME portion of the WJ open at all times.

Yes.  Reduced service hours - some breads, sandwich meats, soup, salad fixins, fruit and simple desserts (vanilla ice cream, chocolate and yellow sheet cakes).  Or just - 24 Hour Pizza Bar - everyone likes pizza!

Otherwise, you run into the other cost effectiveness dilemma - rather than why run a few items all over the ship?... why keep a whole kitchen open for a few late diners?

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17 hours ago, BillHoo said:

Yes.  Reduced service hours - some breads, sandwich meats, soup, salad fixins, fruit and simple desserts (vanilla ice cream, chocolate and yellow sheet cakes).  Or just - 24 Hour Pizza Bar - everyone likes pizza!

Otherwise, you run into the other cost effectiveness dilemma - rather than why run a few items all over the ship?... why keep a whole kitchen open for a few late diners?

I agree. A small menu served after hours would please most people I would think. I think the items you mentioned above, maybe with the addition of burgers and hotdogs, would be easy and cost effective. Food and labor cost would both be low.

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I do think Royal needs to offer a bit more than pizza and hot dogs late to stay competitive. NCL has a 24 restaurant with pub style food, MSC Kris their buffet open 23 his per day, and both HAL and Princess keep their buffets open to at least 11 pm on most ships. 

I'd recommend putting comments regarding late night food options on the post cruise survey if this is important to you. Royal is good about changing course if customers complain. It's also possible we're in the minority and that most people don't care. 

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On ‎5‎/‎4‎/‎2017 at 10:43 PM, DocLC said:

I do think Royal needs to offer a bit more than pizza and hot dogs late to stay competitive. NCL has a 24 restaurant with pub style food, MSC Kris their buffet open 23 his per day, and both HAL and Princess keep their buffets open to at least 11 pm on most ships. 

I'd recommend putting comments regarding late night food options on the post cruise survey if this is important to you. Royal is good about changing course if customers complain. It's also possible we're in the minority and that most people don't care. 

Any type of quick made to order food would be good as an addition. There would be little waste as it was cooked to order, without leftovers. People would just have to wait for certain items, but would be worth it, in my opinion, as it would be hot and fresh. It seems like RC is getting more or at least staying more competitive, with their dining choices like, specialty dining, but falling a little short in their offerings when it comes to late night choices and buffet hours. 

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It seems many in the RCI management have experience working in the airline business and it shows.  Remember though, people must fly for business or to go a great distance in a limited time frame, however no one has to cruise.  Keep reducing the experience and people will find other ways to spend their leisure time and money.  Remember when you looked forward to flying?  You may soon have that same memory of cruising on RCI as you spend your vacation elsewhere.

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On ‎3‎/‎27‎/‎2017 at 9:39 PM, chrisby18951 said:

Honestly it doesn't bother me at all, I rarely use Room Service and I do feel that it is a service that there should be a charge for. Maybe $7.95 is a bit high but acceptable. I look at it this way, my cruises today are as inexpensive as my very first one on the Sovereign, and the ships are far superior today. So I will give up totally free Room Service as well as the shoe shine, shower caps, pillow mints, etc that have gone away if I can cruise at 1994 prices.............

 

 

Who is cruising at 1994 prices?  We started cruising in 2002 and had a balcony cabin on Explorer of the Seas for 7 nights for less than $1,300.  In fact I believe we spent less than $1,800 for the entire trip to include staying in the Doubletree on Miami Beach the night before the cruise.  Can't do that now. 

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On 7/5/2017 at 11:55 AM, Candocruises said:

Who is cruising at 1994 prices?  We started cruising in 2002 and had a balcony cabin on Explorer of the Seas for 7 nights for less than $1,300.  In fact I believe we spent less than $1,800 for the entire trip to include staying in the Doubletree on Miami Beach the night before the cruise.  Can't do that now. 

You can get pretty close if you time it right and find a good sale price.  Getting a balcony for less than $100/person/day is still possible.  Considering inflation since 2002, $1,300 then is worth about $1,750 today, and I can find 2018 sailings on Voyager-class ships in that range right now.

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