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I would have been happier with slightly lower prices. The prices are much too close to land prices, negating the part of the value of cruising. While some other cruise lines to charge for "gourmet" burgers (and others do not), the ones that charge are about half of what Royal is charging.

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6 hours ago, DocLC said:

I would have been happier with slightly lower prices. The prices are much too close to land prices, negating the part of the value of cruising. While some other cruise lines to charge for "gourmet" burgers (and others do not), the ones that charge are about half of what Royal is charging.

I was thinking the same thing. 

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

I was thinking the same thing. 

Again , it will be all about how much people will agree to pay.

Currently beside Pizza and cold sandwiches there is not any other option to eat after 10 PM so I Guess they are mainly targeting the "I really like to eat something with my drink" people (which I am one of them) , if enough people will start to bring pizza and and sandwiches to this bar maybe they will get the hint and start lower some of the prices . hopefully they will not do the opposite and band food from the outside/limit the time Sorrento is opened ... 

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This will make the drink packages pay off for them in spades even more!....Drunk people can choose free terrible pizza  or pay for this pub food so I can see where the $ will be made between 10pm-2am!

 

I am glad to see some pub food options..would have been nice to have at least a couple free options or some lower pricing overall.

 

Interesting how Royal is getting further and further away from anything complimentary on their cruises...I cant think of anything they have added recently that is included?!

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5 minutes ago, Jason.H. said:

Not interested. I'll never understand the concept of paying the price for a cruise then having to pay extra for food. That's kind of the price point of booking a cruise over a land vacation. 

I think this is the thoughts/feelings of a lot of people.

 

I have a feeling if I was to take a cruise on NCL or Carnival I would be blown away at the food options included compared to Royal.

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On 3/28/2018 at 12:45 PM, Jason.H. said:

Not interested. I'll never understand the concept of paying the price for a cruise then having to pay extra for food. That's kind of the price point of booking a cruise over a land vacation. 

My husband (strongly) and I (sort of) share this same thinking.  Of all the cruises we've taken, I have only been able to convince him twice to pay extra for a specialty restaurant.  One was Wonderland because it was so different and unique, and the second was Jamie's, because we are suckers for pasta.  Last cruise we "splurged" on 3 bar bites off the Brass and Bock menu and that was only because we had extra OBC lol.  I have never once been to Chops, 150 CP, Giovanni's, Sabor, etc.  It is sad to see the extra charge for everything most of the industry is headed that way.  Just have to roll with it I suppose...

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3 hours ago, monctonguy said:

I think this is the thoughts/feelings of a lot of people.

 

I have a feeling if I was to take a cruise on NCL or Carnival I would be blown away at the food options included compared to Royal.

Carnivals' Guy's Burger Joint > Johnny Rockets.  And it's complimentary. 

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 Just have to roll with it I suppose...

If most people roll with and pay then it creates new revenue and it stays (and more ships go that way).  If people don't pay then it becomes a liability on the balance sheet and it will change or disappear.  Ultimately its the cruising community that dictates.

It's replacing Sabor so there should be little surprise there is a charge.  I just have a hard time paying nearly land prices on top of the cruise fare.  If it were less I'd possibly try it but at these price points I'll avoid it and hope others do as well so it makes them re-think the pricing.

For the room service fee I can order 2-3 orders of wings, 2 burgers, chips plus some other stuff all for $7.95.   For $8 at Playmakers all I get is 12 wings and nothing else.  I wonder if i can bring my room service food to Playmakers and eat them there?

I'm hoping they participate in Diamond happy hour otherwise I may not drink there very much either since I don't plan on buying the drink package for the 12 night transatlantic. 

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52 minutes ago, twangster said:

If most people roll with and pay then it creates new revenue and it stays (and more ships go that way).  If people don't pay then it becomes a liability on the balance sheet and it will change or disappear.  Ultimately its the cruising community that dictates.

It's replacing Sabor so there should be little surprise there is a charge.  I just have a hard time paying nearly land prices on top of the cruise fare.  If it were less I'd possibly try it but at these price points I'll avoid it and hope others do as well so it makes them re-think the pricing.

For the room service fee I can order 2-3 orders of wings, 2 burgers, chips plus some other stuff all for $7.95.   For $8 at Playmakers all I get is 12 wings and nothing else.  I wonder if i can bring my room service food to Playmakers and eat them there?

I'm hoping they participate in Diamond happy hour otherwise I may not drink there very much either since I don't plan on buying the drink package for the 12 night transatlantic. 

Oh, I completely agree. By "just roll with it" I meant there's not much point to complaining, just don't eat there if you don't want to pay extra.  They are just following suit with everyone else so it's no surprise.  But people must be paying for it because they keep adding specialty restaurants....

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4 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Oh, I completely agree. By "just roll with it" I meant there's not much point to complaining, just don't eat there if you don't want to pay extra.  They are just following suit with everyone else so it's no surprise.  But people must be paying for it because they keep adding specialty restaurants....

I do not have problem with specialty restaurants , we are even eat in one or two every cruise. but I feel I have good alternative with the complimentary options if its the WJ the MDR and sometimes park cafe.

In this case we are talking about eating after 10 PM which , lets face it , you do not have many good options (if at all) unless plastic taste Pizza or cold sandwiches (which I like by the way) is enough for you.   

So maybe a good solution would be to have the regular menu during the day as a special restaurant , who know maybe there Hamburger will be so good that I Will even try it, during the night it would be nice if they offer special night menu  which will offer cheaper deals 

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10 hours ago, Traveler said:

In this case we are talking about eating after 10 PM which , lets face it , you do not have many good options (if at all) unless plastic taste Pizza or cold sandwiches (which I like by the way) is enough for you.   

So maybe a good solution would be to have the regular menu during the day as a special restaurant , who know maybe there Hamburger will be so good that I Will even try it, during the night it would be nice if they offer special night menu  which will offer cheaper deals 

Like a late night menu?  Never thought of it from that perspective.  I can definitely see how that might be appealing to some.  But still cheaper to do room service like @twangster mentioned.  That's the good thing about cruising though right...something for everyone :12_slight_smile:

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I'm sure they will permit outside food, think of the Pub on Anthem.

The thought I'm sure they had in mind is those that won't pry themselves from watching the game being willingly to pay for food.

Plus unless you had a runner, the problem with room service idea is the wait. Even if someone was willing to wait in the room the wait just for room service delivery could take sometime.

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Like a late night menu?  Never thought of it from that perspective.  I can definitely see how that might be appealing to some.  But still cheaper to do room service like @twangster mentionIed.  That's the good thing about cruising though right...something for everyone :12_slight_smile:

I hope that such late night menu will be cheaper ...

I do hope for better prices. 

to protest the price I am planning to take some sandwiches from the cafe and take it to the play maker in two weeks from now

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3 minutes ago, jurrjurr said:

Ask the wait staff if they have Dijon mustard for the sandwich

good idea , I love Dijon Mustard , it will also give a good option to give him a tip , he/she should not be blame for RC pricing :1_grinning: 

I promise to report the reaction in the live blog.  

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