If you are planning on taking a cruise and are vegetarian or vegan, you are probably worried about the food. What will you eat? Will they have vegetarian or vegan food available on the cruise? I've been there, trust me when I say you will be fine. You may even be pleasantly surprised!
My husband and I took a week long Mexican Riviera Cruise with Princess right before we got pregnant with our first child. Finding good veggie food was no problem at all! They had loads of vegetarian and vegan food available, especially fruits, vegetables, salads, etc.
In April 2009, the four of us took a Disney Cruise to the Carribean. The food was even better than I had hoped for. I had hoped that there were at least some basic things that we could eat. Much to my pleasant surprise they catered to our veg requests with ease. When it came to breakfast and lunch, there are plenty of buffet style restaurants where you can find lots of vegan things to eat (fruits, veggies, pasta, etc).
If you don't see it out, don't be afraid to ask the wait staff for it. They are happy to please and will help you out. They had soymilk, but they just didn't keep it out in view. Each day I would ask for it and they would bring us individual cartons of Silk.
When it came to dinner, the first night we were assigned a wait staff team. Dinners were a bit on the fancy side. We informed them of our eating style and they remembered it each night from then on. And we were served delicious meals! We were served meals that were better than I can get in most restaurants on land. We were quite impressed with the quality of the food we were served each day.
Some of the dinner options included:
- Sunken Vegetable Treasure (black-eyed pea and quinoa croquettes with a mushroom sauce)
- Tiger Lilies Savory Pancakes (stuffed with tofu, spinach and in a pool of pepper coulis)
- Porcini Mushroom-Stuffed Pasta in a Vegetable Broth
- Angel hair pasta in garlic and olive oil
- Spicy Potato and Pea Samosas
- Black Bean Chipotle Cakes
If you have been thinking about taking a cruise and aren't sure if your veg lifestyle will mesh, fear no more! Cruises are by far the best possible way to vacation. They are amazingly relaxing and fun. And the cruise lines are focuses on keeping you happy. Inform them of your preferences and they will come through. Bon voyage!
Pictured below: This is just one of the fabulous meals we were served on the Disney Cruise. This is portobello mushroom with a lentil sauce.