It is not so much the lobster itself; Dave and I have had this conversation before--neither of us is crazy about cruise ship lobster; it is the principle involved: you don't tell the customer "no". Cruising is a great value--it always has been, and hopefully will continue to be. But the first time I ask for more of something and am told "no", or it will cost me extra, I'm looking for a new cruise line. In fact if I am not automatically offerd more, whether I want it or not, I'm taking a long hard look the line I'm on.
To me, a cruise should be about enjoying some extravagance for a little while. It shouldn't be about portion control like some college cafeteria. If a passenger wants 1,2, or 10 lobster tails they ought to be able to get them without whipping out their cruise card or being told "no". Perhaps they could start saying "you need to clean your plate first before I bring seconds". If a waiter ever tells me that, you may be hearing "alpha - alpha - alpha. main dining room" over the public address system. Just kidding. I'd never start a fight over this. Most passengers don't go beyond one portion, or perhaps two. On our last two 7-night RCI cruises they always had a tray of lobster tails, and shrimp too, for those who wanted more.
On the last cruise they did not bring the platter of lobster tails like they had done in the past. We were able to get more with no problem. I was told later that the cruise lines want to put a limit on them & don't even want the waiters to ask if they want more. Luckily our waiter wanted to please all of us so we did get extra's of just about anything we wanted. There are many times that I ask for my dinner along with part of another dinner. If something really looks good why not. I don't do it every night. The food is a huge part of a cruise & if there is going to be limits & charges why bother to cruise. I'm paying lots of money to go on a cruise & I don't want the food quality & quantity to change.