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First time on a Cruise: Need Advice!

I'm going on my first cruise in 3 weeks. I know they have a spa that I plan on using daily, but I hear the food is constantly available. Any hints on not gaining any more than 5 pounds? I can live with 5, but prefer not to!

Thu. Oct 26, 1:40pm

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use a small plate and only refill it once. wear a bathing suit to eat lunch. do not go to eat by yourself. follow the same rules you follow when not on the high sea and avoid the desserts. you will have to walk everywhere, but also try to take stairs when possible. try to schedule in small meals / big snacks when the dining room is relatively full, that way the food will be fresher (from having to replenish). you can also bring your own healthy snacks and avoid the dining room altogether for one of your daily snacks.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:46 PM

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How long is your cruise? If you are only going to be on the cruise for up to 7 days, you can probably eat what you want (say 2000 to 2500 calories per day) and enjoy the cruise. Just plan to go on a 1200 calorie per day diet for 7 days when you return. In my experience, weight gained quickly will come off quickly. It's the 1-2 pounds per month gained year after year that takes so long to remove.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 1:56 PM

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I have one rule when I go on vacation, and have never gained weight when I go, and I go at least 2 weeks per year. My rule is that I only eat what I cannot get at home. I went on a cruise a few years ago, during December, and the fresh fruit, and fresh veggies that were availabe was amazing. Eat the exotic meals, and leave the others. I live by this rule, and I think everyone else should.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 3:40 PM

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Yeah. I gaind like 15 pounds because I ate and ate and ate when I went on a two week cruise. Kinda like an all-you-can-eat buffet. I have since learned that "just because it is all you can eat doesn't mean you should eat all you can."

Stick with lean choices, veggies and fruits. Put a limit on the breads and pastries and desserts.

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 4:22 PM

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non-diet cruise advice

buy the little things that you might forget BEFORE you get on the ship (nausea medication, camera film, sunscreen, aloe vera, etc.) because they mark-up the price dramatically once you're trapped with them. especially the nausea medication! even if you never get motion sickness, you may get some choppy waters at sea which test you!

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6:55 PM

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I was on a cruise several years ago.
For dinner, there was a choice of eating in the main dining room, or doing the buffet or other options on the ship. The meals served in the dining room were fabulous and they were not the overly large portions you get served in your average restaurant. Yes, there are multiple courses to each meal, but I think it was just the right amount of food. It's also a nice experience because in the dining room you get the ambiance and all that, you're not rushed to shovel your food in, you get to chat with your table mates and meet some new people, the waiters fall all over themselves to get you whatever you need, etc, etc.

If you go to the buffet you're tempted too much to keep piling it on your plate.
And here's the tip from Bob the trainer on Biggest Loser - when doing the buffet, look at your options first - before you start piling it on your plate. Otherwise you start with the first item cause that looks good, and then the next looks good, and so on - before you know it your plate is heaped with too much food. If you decide what you really want first, you can avoid putting the rest on your plate and you can't eat what's not on your plate (unless you get back in line of course!)

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 8:47 PM

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Thanks everyone! Those were great tips, including the non-diet tips. We're going for 7 days/Eastern Caribbean. Anyone have any advice on what to bring to wear to these dinners? Will one simple black dress do?

Friday, October 27, 2006, 10:37 AM

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First, what cruise line are you using? Here some advice for you, i went on a cruise a few years ago on royal caribbean. At dinner, order the menu options that have the light symbol (royal caribbean has these). Don't go to the buffets if you can help it. For lunch eat something local on the island, and go to the dining room/restaurant if you are on the boat vs. the buffet. For example for breakfast, go to the dining room instead of the cafe where you order from the menu and get served, this way you can order something light. Also use the gym or do the fitness classes if they have them. Do lots of walking on the island or some kind of physical activity excursion.


Friday, October 27, 2006, 3:15 PM

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Opps i meant instead of the buffet when i said cafe.

For clothing options, it's casual except you need one fancy item of clothing for the formal dinner one night. I think the black dress would be fine. Have fun on the cruise!

Friday, October 27, 2006, 3:16 PM

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 4:02 AM

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