Jump to content
sunnysavannah

Escargot Report

Recommended Posts

For recent sailings and forward, lets keep a running list of escargot availibility. Maybe we can figure out some trends!

 

If interested in sharing:

-Post your ship

-sail date

-yes or no for availibility of escargot

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Allure, Sept 15, 2013. No escargot! Our cruise director did say that there was a shortage of escargot, that's why they don't offer it. They do have scallops cooked the same way but it is no match for escargot!

 

Elvis

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
For recent sailings and forward, lets keep a running list of escargot availibility. Maybe we can figure out some trends!

 

If interested in sharing:

-Post your ship

-sail date

-yes or no for availibility of escargot

 

 

AOS TA May 2013 Escargot Yes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hopefully they'll be available on my cruise so I can understand all the hype about them.

 

Snails are among the cheapest foods and easiest to cook so I really don't understand why everybody on CC is so excited about them :confused:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enchantment

September 20-23

Not only was escargot not available, it wasn't even on the menu anymore! They've changed the menus to say "bay scallop gratin".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hopefully they'll be available on my cruise so I can understand all the hype about them.

 

Snails are among the cheapest foods and easiest to cook so I really don't understand why everybody on CC is so excited about them :confused:

 

At least where I am, snails are rather expensive foods. And once, I found real live snails, and they were the hardest things to clean and remove from their shells. I also found that Wegmans has frozen escargot with herb butter at a reasonable price. You just bake them, and it smells like a cruise :D

 

Yeah, I had them for the first time on a cruise, and I've been wanting them ever since. I went from one order the first night to three orders on the last.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hopefully they'll be available on my cruise so I can understand all the hype about them.

 

Snails are among the cheapest foods and easiest to cook so I really don't understand why everybody on CC is so excited about them :confused:

 

Just because something is cheap and easy to prepare doesn't mean it isn't good :rolleyes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
At least where I am, snails are rather expensive foods. And once, I found real live snails, and they were the hardest things to clean and remove from their shells. I also found that Wegmans has frozen escargot with herb butter at a reasonable price. You just bake them, and it smells like a cruise :D

 

Yeah, I had them for the first time on a cruise, and I've been wanting them ever since. I went from one order the first night to three orders on the last.

 

I;ve had them on cruises and from Wegmans many, many, many tomes and love them. They were NOT available on my last cruise in January (Enchantment out of Baltimore), but they were on the menu. I got the chef to make a substitute dish using mushrooms. Good, but not as great as escargot. I hope they have them on my cruise in November. Please, please, please, be available every night!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its funny that people think they are fancy gourmets and like to eat escargot.

In fact what they really like is only the Butter & Bread crumbs its smothered in.

I want to see someone eat the snails plain...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I also found that Wegmans has frozen escargot with herb butter at a reasonable price. You just bake them, and it smells like a cruise :D

 

Yes! The frozen ones from Wegman's are very yummy!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Its funny that people think they are fancy gourmets and like to eat escargot.

 

In fact what they really like is only the Butter & Bread crumbs its smothered in.

 

I want to see someone eat the snails plain...

 

 

For me it's the texture combined with garlic butter that I like (I love garlic - maybe a middle eastern heritage thing). Just like sushi, it is the combination of everything that brings it all together into a great bite of food. I would definitely be open to trying escargot other ways. My favorite escargot preparation came from a Russian Restaurant located in Great Falls, VA that put them in a puff pastry and served them with browned garlic butter. One of the best appetizers that I have ever had anywhere in my life. Mmmmm...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They were available as an option every night on the 4 September Serenade sailing.

 

We spoke to head of Food & Beverage about them and he said they were much easier to obtain in Europe, hence presumably why it's often the European sailings which have them, which the above posts seem to bear out.

Edited by Bobal

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Adventure on Feb. 10, '13: none available, except on Valentine's day.

 

Serenade on August 10, '13: available every nite for the 12 nite Med. cruise

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Navigator, July 2013, available every night.

 

And of course the butter and garlic are part of the appeal of escargot. (I can take or leave bread crumbs!) I wouldn't eat snails plain, but I also wouldn't eat garlic plain or butter plain. It's the combination that is so good - and the substitution of scallops for escargot is just NOT as good to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
AHOY SHIPMATES

 

FASCINATION / Jax Fla----AVAILABLE ---on menu every week

 

They remind me of the slugs we poured salt on to watch them shrivel up

when we were kids.-----Bon Appitette or in English " I hope the cook is sober"

 

No wonder Fascination sails full every time. Tried escargot on my first cruise in 1984 and am not looking forward to missing them on Oasis next week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am not sure why but I think they are close to becoming totaly removed from all ships. I am surprised as people are posting that they are still available on some ships.

 

This is my experience over the past year.

 

Jewel August 2012 yes everyday

Explorer December 2012 not available

Grandure April 2013 not available

Jewel August 2013 not available

Enchantment Sept 2013 not available

 

Brian J

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

8/22 Explorer - escargot not on the menu, but our waiter was able to get it for us the last two nights (and yes, it was reflected in his tip!)

 

Also, we stopped in San Maarten, and headed for the "Le Escargot" restaurant in Phillipsburgh - closed while they hunted for more Escargot! (really)

 

On the French side, in Magrigot - we were able to get escargot - simply broiled in shell - not with a heavy sauce like on Explorerer. Both good, though!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a large marine snail called scungilli which may be easier to find and is much better. We sold it in the seafood section of the market I used to work in. It is prepared in a savory marinara sauce with garlic and herbs. They are as large as a golf ball and when cooked right are truly wonderful. Much better than your usual escargot.

 

Bob:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just because something is cheap and easy to prepare doesn't mean it isn't good :rolleyes:

 

 

I agree. like lobster here in the Maritimes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There is a large marine snail called scungilli which may be easier to find and is much better. We sold it in the seafood section of the market I used to work in. It is prepared in a savory marinara sauce with garlic and herbs. They are as large as a golf ball and when cooked right are truly wonderful. Much better than your usual escargot.

 

Bob:)

 

 

never heard of them. makes my mouth water though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rhapsody of the Seas

Sept 6 - 18, 2013

Not available, though still printed on the menu every day (scallops substituted one night)

Edited by cityguy300

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just returned from 2 weeks trans-Atlantic crossing from Harwich England.

They were on the menu EVERY NIGHT, except one night.

 

I asked waiter "WHY" they were not on the menu that night???

His reply was "just too many other appetizers...you want them?"

I said "Sure", and he brought them to me..so, basically,

everynight, of a 2 week trans-Atlantic cruise....

 

YUM! :D

 

No shortage on the "BRILLIANCE of the SEAS" :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There is a large marine snail called scungilli which may be easier to find and is much better. We sold it in the seafood section of the market I used to work in. It is prepared in a savory marinara sauce with garlic and herbs. They are as large as a golf ball and when cooked right are truly wonderful. Much better than your usual escargot.

 

Bob:)

 

I will have to try scungilli because the escargot on the ships taste like garlic-flavored rubber balls. Blech!!!:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Its funny that people think they are fancy gourmets and like to eat escargot.

 

In fact what they really like is only the Butter & Bread crumbs its smothered in.

 

I want to see someone eat the snails plain...

 

You can say that about most food. It's the sauce that makes the dish! I could make a meal out of some bread and that sauce. I'm not trying to be a "fancy gourmet", I just know what I like.

 

If it's not for you, don't order it. Simple enough.

 

BTW, Escargot has been available on every cruise I have been on.

Edited by Gilgo Surfer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son has been hooked on escargot since he was 8 and took his first cruise. We have had them several ways.

 

I sincerely hope they are available during our October cruise, but if not, there are other items we will enjoy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JEWEL

May 25 through June 1

escargot not available at all

 

Just read on the Royal Caribbean blog live from the Jewel that it is still not available and has been replaced on the menu by scallops. What a bummer :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oasis

31 August Western

Scallop substitute on menu for night 2, first formal night

Available night 5, 2nd formal night, per recommendation of waiter, not on printed menu.

 

I was the only one at the table to order escargot. When arrived others commented.... 'those were not on the menu' I told them that I ordered per recommendation of waiter and they all commented 'Ohh...I did not hear that'

 

It pays to actually listen to the waiter's nightly presentation prior to ordering.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

AHOY SHIPMATES,

 

Just returned from Carnival Fascination ( 3 times in Sept ) ESCARGO was on menu every time.

After reading this thread, (I have been a cook/chef for 50 years)

I decided to try them for the first time.

I like BUTTER. I like GARLIC. Bread crumbs are OK. The chewy lumps of "stuff" in the middle of it were not bad but rather tasteless. Would I order them again? YES! unless there were Shrimp on the menu.

 

Thank you for helping me lose my Escargo virginity at my age.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Independence of the seas 21st sep-3rd oct 2013 med cruise they were available every night I had them a few times after trying them for the first time. It did state on the menu they may not always be available due to a worldwide shortage you wouldn't think it the amount in my garden at night lol xx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
AHOY SHIPMATES,

 

Just returned from Carnival Fascination ( 3 times in Sept ) ESCARGO was on menu every time.

After reading this thread, (I have been a cook/chef for 50 years)

I decided to try them for the first time.

I like BUTTER. I like GARLIC. Bread crumbs are OK. The chewy lumps of "stuff" in the middle of it were not bad but rather tasteless. Would I order them again? YES! unless there were Shrimp on the menu.

 

Thank you for helping me lose my Escargo virginity at my age.

 

Congratulations! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Explore the Night. Sweepstakes - Enter now for a chance to win win a free cruise for two with Azamara Club Cruises!
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Community Contests
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×