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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Default Lobster dinner night should not be missed by first time cruisers

One of the treats that first time cruisers may not be aware of is lobster dinner night/s. They are included in your cruise ticket at no extra cost, but you must be in attendence to have the dinner which are served generally formal night or a specific night that the cruise line decides to have the dinner.

A first time cruisers will not want to go home and have someone ask,
"How did you enjoy the lobster?" And the first time cruiser will have to respond, "What lobster?" if they miss the dinner night.
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So, how do you find out exactly when lobster night is once you get on the ship?
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:19 PM
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So, how do you find out exactly when lobster night is once you get on the ship?
I don't know if all lines do this, but Princess will post the dinner menu outside the dining room in the afternoon for that night.
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I'm not a first time cruiser but I've never eaten lobster .
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Are all the "lobster" dinners now giant prawns? Or are they actual lobster tails?
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Are first cruise which was one year ago this month. My wife just called on the phone from are room to find out when Lobster night was.I dont know who she called but she called someone.The lobsters we had on are cruise were the smaller ones.I think on are next cruise we are going to find out if one of the speciality resturaunts servers lobsters.I heard a rumor that those might be the big ones.But you can eat all the little ones you want so its well worth it in my book to partake in a little lobster.
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On our recent NCL Dawn cruise the lobster was served on the first night. It wasn't large, but not that small. It came with red snapper and I was full. I could have ordered two tails if I wanted to.

I have read bad reviews about the lobster on NCL but I thought it was good. I have had some better, but for a huge price. Really no complaints and people should experience it.
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As my mother said: "Try it. You might like it!
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So, how do you find out exactly when lobster night is once you get on the ship?
1st formal night.
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Are all the "lobster" dinners now giant prawns? Or are they actual lobster tails?
A question with another question from me for an expert.
Are they Maine or cold water or South African or Caribbean lobsters or are they crayfish tails.

Is there an expert who can provide an answer/s.
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They are not Maine or cold water lobsters.

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For sure, big difference, usually it is a warm water Caribbean lobster, don't really care for these..
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Default Maine lobster in pay-for-dinner restaurants?

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They are not Maine or cold water lobsters.

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I was wondering if the pay-for-dinner restaurants might offer the New England or cold water laobster. I would bet that on those higher-price cruises (Silversea, Crystal, Seaborn) serve real lobsters. Someone should send Kuki to check out if they have real lobsters. I heard he listed lobster expert as a occupation listing.

The lobster dinner origin question reminds me of the time when I enjoyed abalone. I had abalone in a fine San Francisco restaurant on the waterfront. The abalone was prepared to perfection and it was a meal to be remembered. I was spoiled this was the finest seafood to be consumed.
I subsequently was in Chicago at the Stockyard Inn. As I looked at the menu I noted that in addition to steaks there was abalone. I ordered abalone and was disappointed with the meal. I talked to a friend who told me that the Stockyard Inn abalone was probably from Mexico, because California wasn't allowing abalone to be shipped out of the state.
Today my dilema if I had a taste for abalone would be how can I afford it is where did it come from.
I understand that Australia is now the big abalone center where you can get it at a reasonable price. Next cruise maybe Australia. I wonder if they have abalone on the ships
sailing around Australia. Anyone know?
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You may want to Google the term "Slipper Lobster".

The "lobster tails" serverd on all the mass market lines today are not even from real lobsters. These "slipper lobsters" are distant cousins from warm waters in the Atlantic - caught mostly off Brazil.
The tails look quite a bit like lobster. The rest of the animal looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie.

They are frozen for years before we cook them by the thousands at one time, and get around to serving them to you. That may explain why they are usually quite mealy in texture and often over-cooked.

If you really like real lobster, you will most likely be disappointed by this cheap substitute.
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Many years ago I used to manage the support staff in all of the restaurants in Harrah's Club in Lake Tahoe. In the Summit restaurant, our finest venue we would serve the finest lobster we could find. The Chef's would often cut pieces of of this lobster and place them in a stainless steel container of melted butter at the side of the stove. I was always doing favors for the Chefs so they would often give me some of this lobster - best I have ever had.

Now, having said that, I didn't think the lobster that was served in the MDR on the Dawn was that bad. Maybe a little chewier, but but was much better that I had expected having read about it on the forums.

BTW - I have also had some fantastic steak and I thought the steak in the MDR was fine.
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I know at the resorts that I've stayed at, there is always the one night or the one restaurant that you can't miss. I've learned to check ahead of time whether it's a resort or our first cruise to find out the "don't miss" meals or restaurants.
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it is a shame that every time I want to eat, an animal has to die.
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it is a shame that every time I want to eat, an animal has to die.
You can allways become a vegetarian.

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Default Trip was on Epic and they had lobster on first night- see her quote

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Lobster night was the first night onboard..very odd to me..we were dining in Moderno that night...no lobster for us.
Oh.This is too bad, but at least you got to eat at Moderno. Was it good? Did you enjoy the salad bar? The salad bar is a meal in itself. Glad you got something good on trip.
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I ate lobster for the very first time ,I did NOT like it .
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Henry,
I like the cold water lobster, Maine, but the Caribbean warm water ones are chewy and I don't care for those. Any idea what kind you just had?
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I like the cold water lobster, Maine, but the Caribbean warm water ones are chewy and I don't care for those. Any idea what kind you just had?
No idea ,perhaps I will try again at a NY restaurant .
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I am planning our first cruise. Will make sure to find out which night is lobster. Also my second favorite is snow crab legs. Do you know if they serve that? Thanks
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I ate lobster for the very first time ,I did NOT like it .
If you try a lobster from Maine you will find it will taste totally different. You won't get those on a cruiseship.

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Yes, so true, the Maine lobster are totally different than the warm water Caribbean ones. I enjoy the cold water ones....
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To each his own I guess. I certainly wouldn't make an effort to get to the dining room for what they pass off as Lobster these days.
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