How to Cruise as a Vegetarian
Not sure how to communicate with your cruise line that you’re a vegetarian or a vegan? Follow these helpful line-by-line instructions to make sure you get what you need at every meal.
Discuss your diet requirements with the head waiter of the main dining room on the first night of the cruise. Whenever you eat in the Lido Restaurant, which is a buffet, ask to speak to a member of the senior dining staff, and that person can walk you through your choices. For more information, contact their special requests department at email@example.com.
Inform the line at the time of booking by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to including vegetarian dishes on the main menu, there’s also a 7-day vegetarian menu available. Once you board on the first day of the voyage, discuss your diet requirements with the head waiter of the main dining room.
All ships offer vegetarian menus, which include options for vegans. In the evening, remind your server of your requirements.
All dining areas offer vegetarian options. The line suggests that you talk to your waiter at dinner the first night to discuss your preferences. In addition, if your diet is further restricted, you can request special options through reservations or with guest services prior to sailing.
Advise your reservations representative that you are vegetarian or vegan at the time of booking, and it will be added to the reports that are sent to the dining rooms. Or, you can call the Customer Contact Center. Your server will be advised in advance; however, you can also check in with the maître d’ after boarding.
Cunard's sample vegetarian menu (vegetarian options are marked with a carrot)
All main dining rooms feature vegetarian options on the menus. However, the line encourages you to attend an Onboard Dining Session during embarkation, and to discuss your requests with your server during each meal.
Inform the cruise line ahead of sailing that you are vegetarian, and then speak with the dining room manager once you board the ship. There is a vegetarian menu in the main dining room, as well as vegetarian options on the regular menu. The lido buffet also includes vegetarian dishes.
Ahead of your voyage, contact the Access Desk and inform them that you are vegetarian, then speak to the restaurant manager the first night onboard. They will make a note in the reservation when you check in at any restaurant. In addition, be sure to discuss specific restrictions with your server.
Use the Cruise Personalizer to inform the line of your dietary restrictions no less than 35 days before the cruise for US-based cruises, and 65 days anywhere else. Once you board, confirm your request with the maître d’ the first night of the cruise, and remind your server at meals.
Tell the cruise line in advance of your sailing, so that the culinary team can obtain special ingredients in advance. All menus, however, do feature vegetarian options, and you can discuss your choices with the chef once onboard.
All of the lines’ restaurants offer vegetarian options, and vegetarian meals are available on all menus in the main dining room and Windjammer Cafe every day. Guests can also communicate any dietary restrictions to the maître d’ in the main dining room. Guests do not need to make a special request for these meals.
Complete a Special Requirements Information Form in advance of your sailing. On embarkation day, speak to the dining staff about arrangements. The main dining room includes vegetarian options on each menu.
Seabourn's sample menu (vegetarian options are marked with a “V”)
All of the daily menus offer a selection of vegetarian and vegan choices. If you have specific requests, contact Silversea at least 75 days prior to departure.
Updated on April 26, 2017.
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