Hot on the Forums: Lime Shortage Leaves Sour Taste

April 2, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

Onboard margaritas and mojitos are missing their mojo and Coronas have lost their crowning glory due to a lime shortage. As commercial suppliers and buyers are – no other word for it -squeezed by the soaring cost of the small citrus fruit, thirsty cruisers have been left shaken and stirred.
According to USA Today, a poor harvest combined with politically unstable conditions in Mexico’s lime growing regions has seen wholesale prices quadruple to more than $100 a box. Traders are calling limes ‘green gold’ and one of our members, Charlie52, describes the disaster as LIMEageddon.
Parched passengers have reported few or no limes on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity ships and – shock, horror – there are tales that the lack of limes has resulted in bar tenders using lemons instead. Whatever next? Crab instead of lobster or a dessert fountain made from cooking chocolate?

Charlie52 added: “All I can say is, come on Celebrity! Please bite the bullet for me and buy the expensive limes. Caribbean vacation with no limes is no bueno! How about a lime surcharge?”
S&D Mom had to endure lemon wedges in her Coronas onboard Allure of the Seas and Kruzerci agrees that Coronas and vodka-based Sea Breezes just aren’t the same without lime.
There are even rumblings on the forum about smuggling limes onboard – which I have to say makes a refreshing change from the perennial debates about the best ways of secreting wines and spirits in suitcases and inside clothing.
Hard as it might seem, things could be worse. At least today we don’t need the zesty fruits as a medicine. In the 19th century British sailors were issued with a daily allowance of lime juice to prevent scurvy, the disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. It was later discovered lemons contained much higher quantities of the vitamin, so maybe the lemon wedge substitutes have some redeeming features?
So while limes remain in the, er, limelight, top marks for the use of puns goes to Host Andy who said: “Heavens! Can’t imagine a cruise vacation without limes. Certainly not sublime. Who knew we could get squeezed on such a topic, and it seems there’s plenty of juice left in this one. If we continue this discussion, it will probably be the pits.”
Has the lime shortage left you feeling sour? Let us know what you think.
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    6 Responses to “Hot on the Forums: Lime Shortage Leaves Sour Taste”

    1. Babsin TO
      April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

      As someone who has a life threatening allergy to Limes, I would be happy to see them disappear completely.

    2. Lori
      April 2nd, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

      We recently returned from our cruise on Carnival Glory and had to drink my Moijitos with lemon instead of the lime. Twas a tad different, but I wasn’t about to go off the deep end because they ran out of limes the second last day of the cruise. Not their fault there’s a lime shortage. Certainly don’t cruise just for the drinks.;)

    3. D B Cheney
      April 2nd, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

      This is a shame my husband can’t have lemons but can have limes. They are something we keep at home for him. Oh well we will still cruise. (hehe)

    4. Brian
      April 2nd, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

      First world problem, people! Whining by the privileged and entitled makes me cringe.

    5. Lillian Fiedel
      April 3rd, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

      Lime it or not!! Who cares??

    6. Iris Delaney
      April 6th, 2014 @ 7:37 am

      Lillian I’m with you Who cares.

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