Some will say 'oh, it's just $5' but they need to look at the cost for a family for a week-long cruise. We leave on the Allure in a couple of weeks. I've never been one to spend a lot of money on the extra-fee dining, but for this cruise I did book three different dinners. Fortunately I made the reservations last week, before the price increases. If I had waited, those same dinners would now cost me $45 more. For those who teeter on the edge over the extra-fee dining that can be a deal breaker.
I realize food prices are going up and I'm sure that is the excuse RCI will use. But given their volume purchases I have to wonder about it.