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mophoto
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:12 AM
with 2 threads about france going on, thought i would start mine now. vacation on the brain.

i am going on a cruise in january to mexico- cozumel, belieze and the grand camin islands (bahamas). this crusie is my grandparents christmas gift to their kid and grandkids. i am terrified. aside from my fear of cruise ships, i have emailed carnival cruises twice- about vegan food- and have not recieved a response. has anyone ever been on a cruise?? do they have vegan options?

it is such a wonderful gesture from my grandparents. they just want to spent time with all of us.

the only menu on their website is their formal dining one- steak, lobster, surf and turf, veal. not even a vegetarian option. i have been to mexico before and the hot sun just wears the hell out of you. i need energy!!!

ConsciousCuisine
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:24 AM
I haven't been but have friends who have and also friends in the "industry" who basically say you can get all the fresh fruit you could ever want, raw vegetables, various breads, some plain rice and occasionally pasta and sauce.

tipsy
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:39 AM
yeah, ive done an alaskan cruise (for a wedding)on royal carribean line...where i ended up eating mostly what everyone else called side dishes....you know, fruit (non-organic, so i peeled all of it), veggies.. basically i just loaded up on english muffins in my bag every morning...ate all the fruit and veggies i could, brought a chunk o tofu to eat and chowed on the bar nuts. i felt great after a week because of my basically raw diet... plus all the dancing and swimming and yoga and pilates classes and spinning and walking around i felt graeat (other than the perpetual hangover :o )

mophoto
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:49 AM
thanks that helps me to be less terrified:) on the ship they do have some sort of spa area. maybe they offer yoga...maybe even healthy foods.

moochbabe
Oct 4th, 2005, 05:09 AM
I glad this question/subject was brought up, I've been thinking of going on a cruise again (I had so much fun as a non-vegan!) but have been terrified (maybe that's a little dramatic). I dunno if I feel better or worse about the whole thing, but at least I have some info now. :rolleyes:

eve
Oct 4th, 2005, 09:09 AM
Yes I've been on a cruise, and as CC points out there's plenty of fruit & vegies to eat. However, here in Oz, many older people go on these cruises (I accompanied my mother at the time), and it is quite normal for two or three deaths to occur - not sure why, but it puts a pall on happy events! :p

Gliondrach
Oct 4th, 2005, 10:19 AM
I have been on a cruise, of sorts. It was when we came here from Malaya. It lasted about 4 weeks. The ship sank on the return journey but, contrary to rumours at the time, we had nothing to do with it. My father was found not guilty at his court marshal.

Tigerlily
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:02 PM
I heard if you call ahead of time and speak the person in charge of the food, they will accomdate you. I know of another vegan (from the internet) who gave the head chef easy chocolate recipes and easy meals to eat.

maya
Oct 4th, 2005, 04:50 PM
I have been on several cruises. I dont really care for them, you dont have a lot of time to spend at your destinations. I like to explore places and take my time. I went on a Disney cruise once by force and it was sooo cheezy. My drinks had Mickey mouse ears in them and the clubs were playing "Oh Mickey your so fine." :eek: I was ready to jump ship!

Roxy
Oct 4th, 2005, 07:45 PM
I have been on several cruises. I dont really care for them, you dont have a lot of time to spend at your destinations. I like to explore places and take my time. I went on a Disney cruise once by force and it was sooo cheezy. My drinks had Mickey mouse ears in them and the clubs were playing "Oh Mickey your so fine." :eek: I was ready to jump ship!

OMG - that sounds awful!!! You poor thing.

Mophoto - Banana should be home from her cruise soon and should be able to give you some of the most recent info about this.

screamingcarrot
Oct 4th, 2005, 07:49 PM
I have been on several cruises. I dont really care for them, you dont have a lot of time to spend at your destinations. I like to explore places and take my time. I went on a Disney cruise once by force and it was sooo cheezy. My drinks had Mickey mouse ears in them and the clubs were playing "Oh Mickey your so fine." :eek: I was ready to jump ship!

lol
thats hillarious!
you shouldve leapt onto the dance floor and gone mad to it...shown em how its done! wouldve been a crack up! :D

maya
Oct 4th, 2005, 09:54 PM
I would have but there were people having seizures on the dance floor. I was scared!


lol
thats hillarious!
you shouldve leapt onto the dance floor and gone mad to it...shown em how its done! wouldve been a crack up! :D

Tigerlily
Oct 4th, 2005, 10:22 PM
I want to go on a vegan cruise!

We should all get together and book a vegan cruise.

mophoto
Oct 5th, 2005, 01:22 AM
Mophoto - Banana should be home from her cruise soon and should be able to give you some of the most recent info about this.

that would be quite helpful, thanks


Yes I've been on a cruise, and as CC points out there's plenty of fruit & vegies to eat. However, here in Oz, many older people go on these cruises (I accompanied my mother at the time), and it is quite normal for two or three deaths to occur - not sure why, but it puts a pall on happy events! :p

shoddy medical care is also something i also fear on a cruise. hopefully no one will die on my ship, or pass on some plague, or get food poisoning. wow i sound like a real nut.:)




I heard if you call ahead of time and speak the person in charge of the food, they will accomdate you. I know of another vegan (from the internet) who gave the head chef easy chocolate recipes and easy meals to eat.

that's a good idea, hopefully they will respond to my e-mails and i can get in contact with someone who actually knows something.

tipsy
Oct 5th, 2005, 04:11 AM
people dying on crusie ships!!!

my oh my, thats a scary thought!

Mystic
Oct 5th, 2005, 09:37 AM
Banana is back from her cruise - they were able to accomidate, but is was very frustrating. Just talk to the waiters and they are happy to help. I would recommend bringing snacks with you though. It is hard watching people guzzle down cookies and cake and ice cream and stuff while you sit there with a few chunks of pineapple! But cruising is fantastic and I highly recommend it. YAY!

Mystic
Oct 5th, 2005, 09:38 AM
Oh and someone did die on the cruise!!!

foxytina_69
Oct 5th, 2005, 09:53 AM
BANANAAAAA. yayyyyyyyyyy. im so happy youre back!!!

and oh my god, what happened? how did they die!

Mystic
Oct 5th, 2005, 10:05 AM
Heart attack I think!!!

screamingcarrot
Oct 5th, 2005, 10:21 AM
probably from all that cake!

strawberry
Oct 5th, 2005, 01:21 PM
yay Banana! I hope you had a fabulous time on your vacation :D

AbFab
Oct 5th, 2005, 02:21 PM
I have been on two cruises, one with Princess and one with Royal Caribbean. Both catered for me amazingly, I was astounded. I had gone with little expectations, but once they found out I was vegan, they went out of their way to cater for me every single meal time. The maÓtre dís on both ships singled me out and could not have been more helpful. It got to a stage where they were even bringing my mother and I free bottles of wine, I donít drink and neither does my mother, so we were always very popular with whoever else was sitting on our table. They really made me feel special, and everyone on the table, who had food from the main menu, was looking at my vegan delights in a most covetous fashion! I could basically just ask the chef to make me whatever I fancied, and I think they welcomed the chance to be a bit more adventurous in the kitchen! They went over and beyond the call of duty. Honestly, I canít praise them enough! The only downside was that I could not so freely just help myself to the abundant food that was on offer 24 hours a day all the time, but I donít suppose that is such a bad thing, as the majority of people on these cruises must have put on several stone as the end of the cruise drew near, and the constant gorging just sickens me. Strongly recommend, hope you have as good an experience as I did. Oh, and no one died that I know of, on either trip!

Mr Flibble
Oct 5th, 2005, 02:39 PM
i've often thought about this, and my parents are on a cruise as we speak. I just found this (http://www.pcrm.org/health/reports/cruisline_food.html) link which may be of interest

AbFab
Oct 5th, 2005, 02:51 PM
Very interesting reading. Thank you, Mr.Flibble. Princess, which didn't score perfectly, whilst I guess not offering a vegan option on the menu, DID go out of their way to ensure I was catered for at every meal time, so while maybe it wasn't on the menu in the first place, at least they made up for it. Yes, it would be lovely if there were already vegan options in place, but then I guess maybe I'd have been restricted to what was on the menu, and this way, I got whatever my little heart (well, stomach) desired. And more!

mophoto
Oct 5th, 2005, 05:23 PM
thanks mr. flibble

i am going on carnival- they got a vegan friendly rating. really puts my mind at ease. i am still going to bring some food just in case.

as long as i don't die.:)