I've noticed on Carnival and RCCL that they don't (or it is rare) serve cake slices for dessert, e.g. like a birthday cake slice. They now have pastry shops where you can buy a slice of cake for $3-5. They used to give you a small cake on your birthday or anniversary, now this is $7-9. Gee whiz guys, I can get a slice of cake at any buffet-stle family restaurant without paying extra. On Carnival, the Maitre'd came by and said several times anything we want, just let her know, nothing was off limits. I asked for a slice of any of the cakes I saw out in the pastry shops. Well, that was off limits, unless I wanted to pay extra for it. This was just a standard cake, e.g. carrot cake, chocolate cake, red forest cake, etc. This just seemed stretching it to me to charge for these cakes by the slice.
I totally agree-- They took all the fun out of celebrating a special occasion--who wants to buy their own cake?
I'd guess for the amount of dinners they serve, cakes must come in sheets and "pretty ones" limited for paying for.
How about fudgy brownies then? Or the cookies too? Sometimes that is just what you want. Just like the standard ice cream/sherbert - add those items as nightly offerings.
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We tend to cruise the same time each cruise. It falls on my DH birthday always. So I go to the head waiter and tell him when his birthday is and they bring him a cake and a bunch of servers come and they sing to him. I never pay for the cakes they bring. Always a pretty decorated cake. Delicious I might add...... happy cruising..... But I have bought a nice slice of cake and a capuccino to take back to my room for an afternoon relaxing time. YUMMMMMM
We often see certain types of cakes for dessert and even when not offered there is a very nice selection to choose from. Seems that nobody was looking for these "special" desserts until they were offered for an additional charge anytime during the day that people started demanding that they allow them to have it for free. I don't consider this 'nickle & diming' either as these are special offerings that you just do not see. I see no problem with them charging extra for something extra. The prices of cruising and what you get for it is more than reasonable.
For a whole/private cake, I agree. A small charge is justified. However, when we were on the Miracle in March, the only "cakes" offered during desert were torts or similar small waffer-like cakes (which our children didn't like). Nothing like a simple slice of chocolate cake was on the menu, and I asked as well (however it was for sale outside in the pastry shop). There was nothing really special about the chocolate cake, other than it was cylindrical vs sheet. I don't believe a slice of cake like this should be charged for. Full cake, sure charge for it, a slice - no.
Similarly, at what point does a non-logo-ed food item become a specialty and justifiably be charged for? Seems like this line is moving lower and lower. I can't image 5 years ago being asked to pay for a slice of cake, but my memory's not what it used to be :-)