Two Cruise Lines Make Lobster Changes, Add Charges news
In recent days, two cruise lines have made changes to their main dining room menus, both of which impact the tremendously popular broiled lobster tail offered on special evenings.
But why the changes? Royal Caribbean International is testing a charge for multiple lobster tails ordered in the main dining room aboard the Oasis-class Symphony of the Seas.
Broiled lobster tail has always been a popular entrée for formal night dinners, and some guests choose to order multiple lobster tails to truly indulge on that special evening.
Now, however, that extra lobster now comes with an extra cost. A charge of $16.99 (USD) plus an 18% gratuity will be added to a guest’s account for ordering a second lobster
tail. While not explicitly stated, it is likely the surcharge will also apply to a third, fourth, or any other additional lobster tails a single guest may order. The first lobster
tail remains free of charge. No direct explanation has been given for this new surcharge, but it is likely to help mitigate rising costs of such luxurious food, as well as to
reduce food waste from over-ordering. Photo Credit: Solarisys / Shutterstock Another change to the lobster dish is its origin. Traditionally, Caribbean lobster has been offered in
the main dining room, but now, the menu clarifies that the new entrée is cold water Maine lobster. Maine lobsters are typically larger and “meatier” than Caribbean lobster,
and while the tastes are similar, some seafood aficionados report a slightly “sweeter” taste to Maine lobster, though much depends on how to delicacy is prepared. Maine
lobsters also have the classic large claws, while Caribbean lobster is a spiny lobster and has no claws. The tails are served in cruise ship dining rooms. With Symphony of the Seas
now serving Maine lobster, it is likely the meat from the claws could be used in lobster rolls, bisque, or other menu offerings. At the moment, the lobster changes are only aboard
Symphony of the Seas, but depending on how the changes are received, the surcharge and lobster source change may be rolled out to the entire Royal Caribbean Fleet. These changes
come at the same time that overall streamlined menus are being tested aboard Symphony of the Seas in an effort to expedite service without compromising overall dining quality.
Lobster Changes Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships Carnival Cruise Line is also making changes to its main dining room that will dramatically impact lobster availability. Starting
November 7, 2022, the cruise line has added a $5 (USD) charge to all extra entrees in the main dining room, though the first entrée remains complimentary, as do all appetizers and