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Old November 18th, 2007, 07:30 PM
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Default Quick question about 24 Hour Room Service

Is there any sort of extra charge for the 24 hour room service?

I looked and looked but could not find any info on this.

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No charge for room service but we always tip the waiter delivering our order.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 01:27 PM
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Dee Dee,
Since the meal itself is free, how much do you tip?
5,10 bucks?
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We've only ordered breakfast and a cheese tray in the afternoon. I think we gave the waiter $3-5 for breakfast and $3.00 for the snack. If you want to give him more, then I am sure he would appreciate it.
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just got off the oostie end of november and there is no charge for room service. it was our ritual for the after party in our cabin but i can tell you that it takes forever!!! for them to pick up the phone and another 45mins or so to get to your room.
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I was on the Maasdam last week, I order almost daily room service.
I tip $3.00 each time and it took about 20 minutes each time. Off
hours your choice is very limited.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 11:13 AM
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I was on the Maasdam last week, I order almost daily room service.
I tip $3.00 each time and it took about 20 minutes each time. Off
hours your choice is very limited.
Can we order the regular meal at dinnertime?
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Can we order the regular meal at dinnertime?
Yes, you can but there is a time period in which it has to be ordered. I think it's about 1 hour or so before first sitting. Check the exact time with either one of the supervisors in the dining room or with room service.

Unless you have a big cabin with a large verandah, I don't think I'd want to eat my dinner in my cabin. Soup and sandwich is fine, but I'd rather go to the dining room or the Lido for dinner. Check out the times they serve dinner in the Lido.
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And` we can order the dinner in the Lido too, right?
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And` we can order the dinner in the Lido too, right?
Right! Check the daily program for the hours.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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just got off the oostie end of november and there is no charge for room service. it was our ritual for the after party in our cabin but i can tell you that it takes forever!!! for them to pick up the phone and another 45mins or so to get to your room.
Now that's interesting. On my last HAL cruise, room service was very prompt. We usually filled out the breakfast card the night before and put it on the door. We used the room service delivery for our wake-up call the following morning. He was always prompt ... in fact, a bit early ... and the food was always appropriately hot or cold.

Room service was, of course, free, though we did tip the guy $3 bucks each time he delivered our small order (usually just coffee for me and something light for the woman I was sharing the cabin with). I'm wierd. I like going up to the Lido for breakfast and would only use room service to get my "breakfast of champions" ... coffee to go with my morning cigarette or two.

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Old December 5th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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Since it is free I assume that there is no ticket to sign and therefore I cannot add the tip to our account...right?
Make sure we have cash for tipping room service?
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Old December 28th, 2007, 09:06 PM
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When you stay in a suite, is the room service different? For example, in a Princess suite, you have regular dining room menus every day for room service, which took Anytime Dining to the ultimate level. Or is room service the same for all cabins?
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Old December 31st, 2007, 11:53 AM
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You cannot write tips onto bar tabs or Pinnacle Grill check. All tipping above the Automatic Service Charge added to shipboard account is done in cash on HAL. We bring an envelope of one dollar bills with us so we are prepared to tip Room Service Steward when he brings our order. I have them out and ready before he even arrives as they don't linger waiting for you to tip them. They don't want it to look like they expect the gratuity but it certainly is very appreciated if you choose to.

Category "S" Suites and Penthouse Suites on "S" and "R" class ships receive the dinner menu in their mailbox every morning. Same for guests on Vista ships for guests in category Penthouse and "SA", "SB" and "SC" cabins.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 04:23 PM
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We had the main dining room as room service on two occasions. I asked our steward to deliver the menu each morning.
On the Ryndam, the 24 hour selection was much more extensive than we expected and enjoyed a few selections at very odd hours.
Whenever we ordered room service the service was very prompt.
We did not enjoy the room service breakfast as it tasted rubbery.
I attribute that to seeing about eleventy six cards hanging on the door knobs and the kitchen had to have them made and delivered in about a two hour span.
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So let me see if I have this straight. Only suite or penthouse guests may order their room service from the dining room menu (dinner menus provided each morning)? I thought I had read that all cabins could do this as long as they do it 30 min. prior to the dining room opening or something like that.
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Nope, we were in an exterior cabin. No suite.
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So let me see if I have this straight. Only suite or penthouse guests may order their room service from the dining room menu (dinner menus provided each morning)? I thought I had read that all cabins could do this as long as they do it 30 min. prior to the dining room opening or something like that.
Anyone in any type of cabin can order room service from the dining room 30 mins. prior to the dining room opening.

Only Deluxe Suite and PH passengers receive the daily menus in the morning.

I think you will find it very crowded to have a full dinner in your cabin. We were in an SY and had breakfast one morning and vowed never to do it again.........food was cold, coffee tasted like dishwater. I much prefer to go to either the dining room or Lido for breakfast , unless I just want a sandwich or bowl of soup for supper. We had dinner one night in the Lido and it was awful - food was cold. We hadn't even finished our starter & soup when the dinner arrived.

It's OK if you have a bowl of soup and a sandwich, but a full dinner, no way. Stick to the dining room for dinner.
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I gotta disagree with you there, Dee Dee. Except for our one in room breakfast all of our meals in the room were hot and delicious.
In fact, the dining room was a let down because of how VERY slow the service was.
The Lido was just as I remembered it. Good food with a lot of variety.

Maybe we just got lucky.
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Dan - that was the first time we have every had room service for breakfast or eaten dinner in the Lido so maybe it was just our bad luck that it wasn't very good. While eating dinner in the Lido, the HotMan came by and asked how it was - I told him it was cold, so he picked up a couple of the roasted potatoes off my plate (he's a good friend), tried them and immediately called someone on his cell and said "you're serving COLD food".

We always eat dinner in the dining room, but this time went for a table for the 4 of us instead of a large table and found that service was much quicker. Guess it's going to be a table for 4 from now on.
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I will breakfast ONLY in the Lido from now on. The variety was awesome and the eggs were always fresh....even the scrambled. I watched him toss a half a pan because they were "old".

The dining room was too cheesey for me.
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Dee Dee,
Since the meal itself is free, how much do you tip?
5,10 bucks?
Depends on how many people you are ordering for. On my last couple of cruises we always got coffee delivered to the stateroom when we woke up in the morning. It was only for two people, and maybe we would get a couple of pastries too. I think we tipped $3.00. But if I was ordering a full meal for two, I would probably tip $5.

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I tipped 5 bucks for the free stuff and 3 bucks when I had to pay the 15% Gratuity (Champagne and beer)
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Dan - that was the first time we have every had room service for breakfast or eaten dinner in the Lido so maybe it was just our bad luck that it wasn't very good. While eating dinner in the Lido, the HotMan came by and asked how it was - I told him it was cold, so he picked up a couple of the roasted potatoes off my plate (he's a good friend), tried them and immediately called someone on his cell and said "you're serving COLD food".

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