Food routine on a cruise

Food is of course a favorite topic when talking about cruises. For those of us that carefully watch what we eat on land: What's your routine when out to sea?

For me, on land I don't eat a lot of meat, mostly fruits and vegetables. And I eat very little each day, one meal early and light snack later.

But when I'm on a cruise it's three meals a day, mostly fruits for breakfast and lunch. Dinner it's meat, meat, meat, vegetables, and more meat.

11 Answers

Coffee in the morning with a bagel and orange juice by room service. Then I will eat a brunch around 11 Am. Skip lunch obviously. Then a few drinks till some kind of dinner. Buffet or MDR or steak house. Late night snack is pizza or room service or the deli.

I feel like I "graze" all day when I'm on a cruise ... yet eat very little at home... Have never had a set pattern for meals ... always just eat when hungry ...

Pre-breakfast - Coffee from the International cafe brought back to our cabin.

Breakfast - fish and fruit (plus).

Lunch - whatever seafood available, plus.

Supper - usually MDR, heavy on seafood selections and steak (both)

Also try to get to the Crown Grill (Steakhouse) once during the cruise.

I was really concerned about over eating after all the stories I had heard about all of the food. However I'm thinking since my first cruise was just a 4-day cruise and I spent 1 day just lost on the ship (lol) I didn't have much time to eat all the time. There was so much walking and the dinner meals were pretty balanced. The Guy's burger I had was my only real down fall. I don't regret it for a moment though! Yummy! No weight gain, this cruise! Happy

My next cruise in November is a 7-day. Let's see if and how my eating habits change.Nervous It's a cruise and I'm not gonna count calories, but I'd still like to fit in my clothes. lol Cruising is my Happy Place! Happy

Oh my, how could I forget the smoked salmon. I love it and eat quite a bit of it when on a cruise. I find it unfortunate that they only put out smoked salmon for breakfast. I've never noticed it out for lunch or dinner.

Neither of us vary much from our home meals and cruise meals. Breakfast is fruit and cereal. Lunch is a big salad or an occasional grilled Rueben, and dinner is whatever we want. DH often has an ice cream cone at least once a day, which is out of the norm. I will have dessert after dinner sometimes, which is a rarity at home. On the ship I always take the stairs - we are generally on the Riviera or Main deck, so lots of stairs to climb, and I use the outdoor track each morning to make sure I walk a lot to balance out any extra calories I may consume.

We get up and go to the gym, we have our first meal around 11. Usually fruit and salad. Then MDR for dinner. Dessert every other night.

I don't eat a big breakfast at home - a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal. Lunch is usually leftovers. Dinner is whatever either one of us feels like cooking, or maybe something light like a salad. On a cruise, I begin with coffee and a croissant, usually on the balcony. Later in the morning I might get something from the Lido, or on sea days on Carnival I go to the Sea Day Brunch. So many good choices. If we don't go to the brunch, we have lunch on the Lido - whatever looks good. We go to early dinner since it's close to our normal dinner time. Bottom line, I eat more on a cruise than I do at home. I also do a lot more walking.

Brunch! I like brunch I'm going on Carnival in September. Brunch for me!Happy

We are not big breakfast eaters, on the ship I will have fruit when I can and if I am going to be busy on excursions I will have a decent meal before leaving the ship. On our cruises I have managed to lose a few pounds just because we do a lot of walking and eating regular balanced meals.


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