Guide To Room Service On Royal Caribbean


Today, I am bringing you our Guide To Room Service On Royal Caribbean; room service is not something we have always made use of. That is until we did our first room service breakfast. However, travelling with teens and young adults makes a big difference; if you have one at home, you will know they eat loads.

Enjoying breakfast on your own balcony is so relaxing, it allows you to take in the scenic views of the ocean waves passing by or docking in a new port. Its also great during peak breakfast times, cruise ship dining areas can become crowded. Room service provides an alternative as we prefer a quieter and more secluded environment, avoiding the hustle and bustle of busy dining venues.

Royal Caribbean Room Service Guide, How much is Room service and what hours is it available
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Guide To Room Service On Royal Caribbean

Room Service on Royal Caribbean
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids

Anyhow, it’s not long till our cruise on Mariner of the Seas; excitement doesn’t even cut it! I am beside myself. As I know our son will be taking full advantage of room service, I thought I would share our experiences of the ins and outs. What’s free and what isn’t with Royal Caribbean Room Service so you don’t get any nasty surprises. Because all I want to do on holiday is chill and not worry about the details.

Is Room Service Free On Royal Caribbean?

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Yes, room service is free at breakfast time for continental breakfast. The rest of the time, or if you order a cooked breakfast, you pay a tray charge of $7.95. This, in my opinion, is worth every penny. However its great that, Royal Caribbean has maintained the free continental breakfast room service.

Perfect for if you have an early start or just want a lazy morning chilling in your cabin, which we often do. To make use of breakfast room service, you simply fill in the room service card and hang it on your door the night before.

How Much Does Room Service Cost On Royal Caribbean?

Room Service Guide And Menus Royal Caribbean
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Continental breakfast is complimentary. All other orders have a $7.95 service charge plus 18% gratuity. The service charge is per order and not per item or meal on the menu. This makes it a pretty inexpensive snack if you are ordering lunch for your whole cabin.

Room Service Hours

Guide to room service on Royal Caribbean
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Room service is available for guests around the clock on Royal Caribbean with the exception of the first day of your cruise, when room service is available from 5.00 pm, and the final evening, when service ends at 12 am.

However, do check your particular sailing as these start and finish times can vary from ship to ship. But the rule of thumb is never to go hungry whilst in your cabin.

Room Service Breakfast runs from 6am-11am and the All Day Menu from 11am-6am.

Royal Caribbean Room Service Menu 2024

Breakfast Room Service Menu on the Symphony of the Seas
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This is a sample menu however the breakfast menu is pretty static.

Room Service Menu On Royal Caribbean

All Day Room Service Menu on the Symphony of the Seas
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Again, this is a sample menu. However, I have just checked the menus for our next sailing in April 2024, and it is exactly the same.

Can You Use Your Drinks Package To Order Room Service Drinks?

Royal Caribbean Cocktail
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids

No any drinks ordered via room service are subject to charge plus a 18% gratuity. Check out our drink package guide for tips and to find out what’s included, however also always check for the latest offers.

Where Can You Get Free Tea And Coffee On Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships?

Room Service Royal Caribbean, Photo Credit, Deposit Photos
Photo Credit, Deposit Photos

Coffee and tea is free at breakfast time on room service. It’s also served in all the restaurants, and Windjammer where you have a choice of free tea and coffee or can pay extra in the restaurants for speciality coffees.

The cafe promenade (and Café @ Two70 if the ship has one) are the best places to head for free tea and coffee. It’s also an idea to take a flask mug; then you can get takeout, there are paper cups. However, I do like to pour a coffee and go for a wander, a flask mug keeps it warm.


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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