CruiseNew charges will help to reduce food waste, says brand ambassador.

Carnival to charge for most room service

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The brand had been one of the last to offer the amenity at most times of the day.

Carnival Cruise Line will all but eliminate free room service meals starting in mid-January.

The brand had been one of the last to offer the amenity at most times of the day.

Previously, Carnival assessed an a la carte fee of US$2 to US$6 on room service menu items ordered from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Now, the a la carte charges will be applied in the afternoon and evening. "Charges apply to lunch, dinner and late-night menu items while continental breakfast will continue to be offered free of charge," said a statement on Carnival's website.

Salads run between $2 and $3 while items such as wings, a Philly cheesesteak and pan pizzas run between $4 and $6.

In a post on his Facebook page, Carnival brand ambassador John Heald said the change was made because Carnival has a wider variety of complimentary food choices than in the past, and because it wanted to reduce food waste.

Until a year ago, when Carnival introduced the overnight room service charges, items from the room service menu were free around the clock.


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