A cruise is a wonderful experience that gives travelers the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures and cities in a short amount of time. In addition to the unique off-shore excursions that cruises provide, the on board amenities are one-of-a-kind – especially the array of food that is available at all hours of the day and night. But don’t worry, your diet doesn’t have to go completely out the window when you decide to take a cruise. Eating healthy fare on board is definitely doable. Here are some tips on how to make healthy eating decisions on your next cruise ship.
Tip #1: It’s Ok to Say “No” to a Course
The food may look delicious, but you don’t have to say “yes” to every course in the main dining room, especially if you don’t feel like eating the whole thing. Your servers won’t bully you into ordering every course, so know that it’s alright to pass on the double chocolate cake dessert or the appetizer choices.
Tip #2: Order a Half-Portion
It is no secret that cruise dining is amazing – ordering two or three main entrees is normal and if you want three desserts, no one is going to frown upon you. But did you know that asking for half portions is also ok? Whether it’s a starter, main course, or dessert, ask for less. That way, you’ll be able to sample the outstanding food, but just enjoy it in a smaller portion.
Tip #3: Pace Yourself
When you’re at the buffet, it’s tempting to put a little bit of everything on your plate. But, try not to do that – pace yourself! Don’t pile your plate full of everything from the get-go. Instead, take stock of your options and assemble a plate that is enough for a normal-sized meal. If you’re still hungry when your plate is finished, then head back for a little more. But, don’t overdo it right off the bat.
Tip #4: Load Up on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
When you’re at the buffet, don’t skip over the vegetables and fruits. Fill up on healthy items like these rather than the foods that are full of grease, sugar, and calories.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget to Drink a Lot of Water.
Say goodbye to the sugary sodas, juices, and extra alcohol, and instead stick to drinking lots of water. This is especially important if you are spending hours out in the sun on a tropical cruise. Staying hydrated will not only help keep you feeling great, but it also has zero calories and will help flush your body of any extra salt that you may be consuming at your various meal times during the day.
Tip #6: Don’t Sit at the Bar
We’re all mental creatures, and for some strange reason, sitting at the ship’s bar instead of at a table set for a meal causes many cruisers to overeat. Whether it’s the influx of alcohol readily available at the bar seat or that when you’re not at a table, you mind registers any eating you do as more of a “snack” and less of a satiating meal, this seating option leads to extra, unnecessary calorie intake. Do yourself a favor and grab a seat at one of our luxurious tables at mealtime.
Tip #7: DO Take Advantage of On-Board, Healthful Options
Our goal is to accommodate your needs and help you feel 100% comfortable and relaxed on each of our cruises. To that end, most of our ships offer accommodations for dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-salt options. In addition, our new boat, Louisiane, will be offering Weight Watchers meal options.
If you’re looking to learn more about the offerings on our cruises, and tips on how to adapt them to suit your needs, consider contacting one of our agents. We’re happy to discuss any and all aspects of your cruise with you, and help you book.