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Gangway for Gluttony: Cruising for Foodie Adventures on the Water

One of the best things about vacations is eating and drinking whatever want whenever I want. Earlier this month, we embarked on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. We headed to Belize and Cozumel, praying for warm weather and sunny skies and lots of quality food choices.
I started out with dessert for breakfast, feasting on a delicious platter of candy—dark chocolate, cocoa sticks, sweets drenched in rich fudge, to name a few. Goes great with that morning cup of Joe!
Each day and each meal, we had a veritable cornucopia of choices, many with a creative flair.
Some of my favorite dishes included the seafood salad, a pair of unusual soups: banana rum and roasted peach and another uncommon breakfast item: kippers and potatoes with rye toast and eggs.
We checked out daily the smorgasbord of choices as well. While not a buffet fan in general, I was pleasantly surprised by the wide range of choices in the ship’s dining rooms, including an array of ethnic choices—Indian, English, Japanese, Italian. We discovered that the food reflects the ethnicities of the passengers and crew, who hail from all corners of the globe.   
The ship is a virtual floating city, which had me wondering how many pounds of food the staff produces to feed some 5,000 hungry crew and passengers. I got my food-stained hands on some fun food facts:
-125,000 meals are prepared per week, including 60,000 appetizers, 84,000 main courses 69,000 steaks, and 90,000 desserts
-13,000 pounds of beef, 8,000 pounds of chicken and 1,400 pounds of lobster are consumed each week
Also consumed per week:
-86,400 eggs
-1,500 pounds of coffee
-600 pounds of berries
-18,000 pounds of potatoes & 18,000 slices of pizza
-8,000 gallons of ice cream
-8,500 cans of beer
-11,500 cans of pop
-2,900 bottles of wine
A full running track circles the 12th deck and an enormous fitness center is available on the ship. It happens to be located on the 11th deck, also the location of the ship’s largest dining room. Someone has a sense of humor!


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03/11/2014 4:33PM
Gangway for Gluttony: Cruising for Foodie Adventures on the Water
Where have you experienced great food on your vacations? Do you like the 24-hour accessibility of food on cruise ships?
03/11/2014 10:50PM
Food,,, America's Recreation
It use to be food was ancillary to a vacation but now it's central to a great vacation. My wife & I cruised a few times and the meals have always been excellent. Another favorite of mine is Disney World. Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian still ranks as one of the best meals I have ever been served. As far as 24-hour accessibility, it's a bit of overkill. Do you really need that pizza at 2:00 AM?
03/11/2014 11:03PM
Go to Italy!
Had the best homemade pasta, fresh sauce and mushroom cream sauce in Italy. It's worth a trip to Europe to try real italian cuisine.
03/12/2014 10:26AM
Heard Sandy Beach talking about kippers
I ate kippers in Ireland and Scotland for breakfast. I love the salty taste of the fish w/ the blandness of eggs. Glad you tried them, Brenda!
03/12/2014 10:27AM
Cruise food all the time
No wonder obesity is such a problem when you can eat all day and night on cruises!
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