Another cruise line pledges to buy 3,800 pounds of Maine lobster

Catherine Davidson of Maryland chows down on as many lobster as she can in 10 minutes during a crustacean eating contest in Portland this summer. A second cruise ship has committed to buy thousands of pounds of Maine lobster when it visits Portland this summer.
Catherine Davidson of Maryland chows down on as many lobster as she can in 10 minutes during a crustacean eating contest in Portland this summer. A second cruise ship has committed to buy thousands of pounds of Maine lobster when it visits Portland this summer. Buy Photo
Posted Sept. 06, 2012, at 10:36 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Another cruise ship company has said it will buy Maine lobster during its ship’s upcoming visits to Portland.

Norwegian Cruise Line said its ship, the Norwegian Dawn, will buy 5,000 pounds of Maine lobster over the course of its four visits to Portland this fall, according to a news release from Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office. Norwegian will purchase the lobster from Ready Seafood, located on Portland’s waterfront.

The Norwegian Dawn is the second ship to pledge to buy Maine lobster during its calls in Portland. Last month, Celebrity Cruises said its ship, the Celebrity Summit, would buy 3,800 pounds of lobster, also from Ready Seafood, during its three visits to Portland.

Brendan Ready, co-owner of Ready Seafood, was optimistic that the deals would lead to a long-term business relationship between the cruise ship companies and Maine lobster dealers. “We really just needed to get our foot in the door and now we have,” he said.

In early August, Pingree wrote to the CEOs of 10 cruise ship companies with ships visiting Maine ports this summer and fall, asking them to consider buying fresh Maine lobster when their ships dock here. So far, Norwegian and Celebrity are the only two that have announced their intention to do so.

However, in an effort independent of Pingree’s, a team of individuals in Bar Harbor were able in August to convince Holland America Line to buy 2,000 pounds of lobster when its ship, the Maasdam, calls at that port, according to Amy Powers, director of Cruise Maine.

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