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.