Written by: Kuki
There was a time when “lobster night” in the dining room was considered by many to be THE night to dine in the dining room on a cruise ship.
To be honest, to me, they were just bottom-dwelling crustaceans, and pretty ugly looking things too.
But to many cruisers lobster night was the top of the food heap, that seemed to define cruise ship dining.
I recall, not that long ago, when, since you could order as many you as you want, there was almost a contest to see how many lobsters a person could eat during dinner on a ship. The practice was so common, I once asked a ship’s Hotel Director, if they knew what their ship’s record was for the most lobsters ordered by one person. With little hesitation he told me, 17.
Then, rather suddenly, lobster became less prominent on cruise ship dining room menus. I presume this came about because of budgetary concerns, and no doubt, as cruise pricing pressures grew, pushing down the price of cruise tickets. The desire to dine on lobster certainly hasn’t diminished, only the availability. We still even see posts in our forums asking what night is lobster night on a particular ship. And, just a short while back, I remember on an NCL cruise, a part of their promotions was stating lobster would be available onboard in one of their restaurants every night.
North Atlantic lobsters, from both Maine and the coast of Nova Scotia (Canada), are generally thought of world wide as the best/tastiest lobster one can find. Over the years, and many cruises, I encountered many supposed ”crustaceans experts”, who swore they could tell the difference in taste between North Atlantic lobster and those from other areas. I personally presumed the only reason it tasted good was the drawn butter they were drench-dipping it in.
But now it’s time for the lobster lovers to rejoice… and call the cruise lines… and demand a “claws” in your cruise contract… this year there is an enormous excess supply of North Atlantic Lobster. The reports I’ve read today, say the price of lobster has dropped 25%. As of today you can buy North Atlantic lobster for $4 lb., with fisheries very concerned it is going to drop further.
With beef prices rocketing higher, you can seemingly buy lobster for less than you can buy even average cuts of beef. Being a meat and potatoes guy, I’m beginning to get depressed.
At least for this season, the cruise lines can probably serve you lobster for less cost than they can serve you a decent hamburger. But I have to admit, I didn’t research the cost of the butter.
Always available lobster bisque with whole lobsters in each bowl, and lobster-burgers for you crustacean lovers; leaving me having to dine in the extra cost ship’s alternate restaurants to find myself a good all-beef hotdog!
- A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising -