New Charge for Lobster on Formal Nights

Too me, cruise lines are turning into airlines as they continue to add additional fees at an alarming rate. When I first starting cruising in the 90’s it was a one price pays for everything but over time more things that cost additional money continue to be added. Some of those add in’s are nominal and seem to be worth it. However, ONE of the most popular things, at least from my perspective, is the lobster that is offered on formal night. Nice touch for an enjoyable evening where one can dress up and enjoy a more formal dinner. Now, from my understanding, Carnival will charge a fee of $20 to enjoy one of those things we have enjoyed for so long. Come on Carnival, really.

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They have been charging that for the short cruises for some time now, but it has been available on the 7+ day cruises. I don't know if they will change that when they re-start or not. Can you say where you "heard" this? Also, on ships without a steakhouse, people have been able to order those entrees for a fee, I think lobster was included some evenings (since I'm not a lobster fan, I don't pay attention).

I agree, we have lost a lot of the amenities we had in the '90s and early 2000's. But the prices haven't increased a lot and cruising still has a great appeal.

Well if this were to be true then I will not have lobster to eat because I will not be paying an extra fee. There are plenty of other items on the menu to enable all cruisers a great dining experience.

Cruiselines have been nickle and diming quite a number of amenities over the years. I guess they will continue to do so til there is a push back.

Y'know, at first I thought..."the world is going to hell in a handbasket" and here we are discussing charging for lobster etc...THEN I thought...this is GOOD, this is NORMAL....instead for obsessing over a bunch of "ugly" things, here's that good ol' nickel and diming thing again...charging for lobster indeed! quite refreshing actually....

LMAO .. yep .. says a lot when we are happy to hear and talk of nickel and diming. At this point I would be thrilled to have a cruise line nickel and dime me into debt.

I'd give you an extra thumbs up for that last if could!! I thought it was just me heheheheheh...either its a pathetic commentary on "our times" or a sign just how desperate people are for either good news or a least a distraction. I've opined a few times about how difficult it might be for "us" to adapt to the "new normal", in whatever form it manifests itself...as opposed to newbies...at least they won't be pining for the "good ol days"!

I agree with everything here! It is so refreshing to talk about something other than "that thing". I really hope they don't start charging for lobster!

I agree with everything here! It is so refreshing to talk about something other than "that thing". I really hope they don't start charging for lobster!

No problem for lobster for us. We dont eat at the main dining room on formal nights as we dont like to dress up. On casual night we go to the steak house and have steak and lobster there. Being a "slob" is worth paying for lobster. We are on vacation!!!!

I’m not willing to pay for lobster either. If they start charging it will definitely reflect in a negative rating in my after cruise survey. With so many changes to cruising that will cost the cruise industry more money to accommodate health and safety protocols we can expect more price increases across the board. The questions is how many will be elective vs mandatory.

Not being a fan of lobster I am never willing to pay for it ... my wife on the other hand ....

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