o most, becoming shipshape
means being in top-notch con-
dition. To someone who has
recently been on a cruise, it
means returning home the shape of a ship!
It has long been plain to those who even
hear about cruises that food aboard ship is
plentiful. Some even joke that they take
two sizes of clothing _with
them: one size to wear to the
one size larger to
the eating on a day at sea.
Up early to catch a beautiful
sunrise, the traveler can run, jog
or walk around the deck to get
their juices flowing. Some merely opt
to take the elevator up to the cafe deck.
Early coffee is available starting at 6 a.m.
Not much more comes with this than a
However, if you time it right, you can
finish your early coffee jolt in time for the
breakfast line to open. This buffet
offers cereals (hot and cold), pan-
cakes, waffles, fresh fruit, eggs
(scrambled or in omelets, which can
be made with fake eggs or egg
whites), lox plus onions, tomatoes,
capers and cheese, bagels, assorted
rolls and bread, Danish pastries, juices,
milk, coffee and tea. There also is an assortment of
cheeses and breakfast meats.
Of course, one could opt to go into the dining room for
a sit-down breakfast. (Please note that you can order as
much of anything as you wish.) One could also try both
places, but that form of gluttony is almost non-existent.
After breakfast; you can work off the calories in the
ship's exercise room or take a long walk or elevator ride
down to the boutiques and casino.
Shortly thereafter, lunch is served. Again, the choice is
buffet or dining room. Whichever is chosen, the selection
is bountiful and one can have as much as one's heart (or
waistline) can take.
In the afternoon, the traveler can visit the solarium
cafe, which offers an opportunity to keep the taste buds
honed with pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers or ice cream:
By 4 p.m., it is time to return to the cafe for snacks.
Here, there are sandwiches, salads and things
like tacos, chili as well as a grand assort-
ment of cookies and other pastries,
berry crisps and bread pudding. It
is a good idea to attend this after-
noon orgy especially if one's din-
ner choice is the second seating,
which means you can't get near
the dinner table until at least
8:30 p.m. •
The selection at dinner covers all
tastes, including vegetarian and health-
conscious. Usually, diners will opt for
the dining room at this time, but the
upstairs cafe is equally busy. No one
forces you to stick to a set of choices. You
can mix and match or focus on a favorite
(have three Caesar salads if you so
desire or two lobster tails or one huge
plate of pasta).
On at least two nights of the
cruise there will be a special late
buffet; one is just chocolate in all
of its incarnations. I have known
folks to go from the end of the sec-
ond seating (about 10:30 p.m.) to a show
and a return to the dining room before midnight for the
buffet. That's true dedication to the seafood diet — if
they see food, they eat it!
Realize that if at any time during the course of this
food-filled day you feel the slightest hunger pang, room
service is always available.
It's true that many folks get on the ship as passengers
and leave as cargo. ❑
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