It was the first of three times I feasted on lobster during our six-day voyage. Our Coastal Kayak and Lobster Bake shore excursion in Saint John rewarded us, of course, with a Bay of Fundy whole lobster after our morning of paddling. And on Tuesday night, I opted for Surf and Turf--a lobster tail and 4-ounce filet mignon--in the Carnival Glory's Emerald Room Steakhouse. Of course, both of these dining experiences came with additional charges.
However, during our post-kayaking luncheon, one of our fellow passengers--a teacher from North Carolina--shared a revelation that hadn't occurred to me. Since it's possible to order multiple entrees in the main dining rooms aboard Carnival Glory, you can really indulge if you're an unabashed lobster addict. He told us he ate four tails. I was impressed.
Let's do a bit more math: Order a lobster tail in a New England restaurant, and it's bound to set you back about $25. With rates starting at $239 per person (check fares at Kayak.com or book direct with CruiseDirect) for a five-night Carnival cruise from Boston (for an interior cabin), you could realize nearly half the value of the cost of your cruise in one night at your dining room table, especially if you also order a starter and dessert.
Lobster is not the only food item that is served in abundance, of course. Whether you're a steak lover, a comfort food craver or a vegetarian, options abound, not only in the dining room or on the Red Sail Restaurant's extensive buffet but at a variety of other restaurants: all included in the price of your cruise. We read great reviews of the Fish & Chips station before our departure, but it didn't measure up by New England fried seafood standards. We really loved the Sushi Bar, open on select evenings, and the Mongolian Grill, which serves lunch, though. And room service is free and available around the clock.