An article by Cruise Critic titled No More Free Breakfasts caught my eye today.
Cruise Critic says that Royal Caribbean is adding a $10 surcharge for kids and parents to dine with the cruise line's DreamWorks characters at breakfast on the Oasis, Allure, Freedom, Liberty, Voyager, and Mariner of the Seas.
According to Cruise Critic, "character breakfasts" have been free since Royal Caribbean first launched them in 2010.
However, starting September 1st, the cruise line will charge the fee to any passenger over 5 years old.
The first three comments on Cruise Critic summed up my thoughts perfectly:
"I'm glad my grandson was able to do the breakfast last year. RCCL is getting greedy."
"Disappointed with RCCL. More nickel and dimeing . . ."
"Just another way to nickel and dime you . . ."
For a mom and dad and with 2 kids over 5 years old, the cruise line charge will come to $40 a day to have breakfast with Shrek (photographed with Adam Goldstein).
It is particularly greedy for Royal Caribbean to nickel and dime their little guests considering that just last week we reported that cruise CEO's Fain and Goldstein have a combined net worth over $100,000,000 on their cruise line operations and are getting richer.
I'd be tempted to move up to Disney Cruise Line and have have my kids meet and greet Micky Mouse and Cinderella for free.
Note: The Royal Caribbean Blog first reported on the charge.
Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean Press Center