There is a saying that when you go on a ship as a passenger and you roll off at the end of your cruise as cargo. This is all because of that tempting four letter word beginning with “F” …FOOD!
I have noticed in my travels that some people are absolutely obsessed with this on cruise ships. I have never seen a calorie counter in any cabin (not surprising really!) that I have been in which may explain why some people on board eat a lot …and I mean a LOT! That’s not a joke…
Maybe it is because the sea air is starting up appetites or maybe it is because it the food is there all day every day with a tempting smell saying “come and eat me” from the moment you wake up until your head hits the pillow. Yes on some cruises you can have pizza in the middle of the night…fabulous! I often remember my three o’clock burger and chips!
The number one temptress is the 24/ 7 buffet so if you fancy a burger aswell at 3am…no problem! One thing I always notice is that there is always such a wide selection that the only issue is what not to put on your plate. Though I’m sure if you wanted to you could have maybe 5 or 6 plates! Burritos for breakfast anyone? How does that sound?
With so much on offer cruise eaters can go a little crazy and pile it high (I certainly did!)… and there is nothing to stop you… but if you don’t plan to exercise it off in the gym after then you might want to practice restraint beforehand! The thing to remember is that there is no need to grab it all the first time round. The grub keeps coming so just come back later. It never runs out!
A typical day on a cruise ship for your stomach starts with dealing with the breakfast buffet – everything from a full cooked English to muffins. On some cruises then even have 5 course breakfasts! That’s no lie I fondly remember my 5 course breakfast on the MSC Splendida. Then there is coffee and a snack at elevens, then lunch, followed by afternoon tea, a 5 or 6-course dinner, supper and a late snack. If you are feeling guilty (or your clothes getting smaller) you can always go for a run around deck. But personally….I would rather not!
When the odd occasion that your mouth is free of food comes up you will probably be talking about what to have to eat next. Without doubt the favourite topic of conversation amongst teens on a cruise ship is what they have eaten so far and what they are planning to eat next. “Have you tried the double choc donut yet? It’s fab!”
Getting tips from fellow face-fillers (just thought of that had to put it in!) is a good way to make sure you make the most of all the waist-line expanding tastes on board. Here’s the best tip I have heard so far …be adventurous on a cruise and try something new from the menu. If you don’t like what you ordered simply send it back and get a burger instead …no problem as it is all included.
And as if eating wasn’t enough…food is also entertainment as on some ships as there are cookery classes and also a chance to meet (and cook with) celebrity chefs. How about making cupcakes sorry with Mary Berry!
So if food is your thing you can’t go wrong on a cruise holiday. Bon voyage and bon appetite!