Thursday, April 11, 2013
Hey everyone! Just thought I'd blog from the cruise ship (I get 250 free minutes, so why not use them!) and let everyone know how I'm doing. First and foremost, I am doing an awesome job at sticking to my vegan lifestyle. It is really hard not only because the food is tempting but because vegetables that aren't dowsed in butter or cheese or fried are seriously hard to come by. Don't get me started on beans, it took me a whole day and half to track them down. It's been trial and error as far as where to go to find the foods I want and learning to pack some fruit when I go ashore because it is exceedingly difficult to find vegetables and fruits on some of these islands.
Today I went on a dolphin excursion and got to swim and play with 2 dolphins! It was the most amazing experience ever. We were on the British Virgin Island of Tortola and after the swim with the dolphins I made my way to the snack counter. They had both a mixed salad and a fruit salad on the menu, however neither was available. Thank goodness I packed a granola bar and some pistachios otherwise it would have been a long and grump ride back. I am just so surprised that these islands with a bajillion fruit tress can't seem to off any fresh fruit on the menu.
As far as the ship goes, there is not shortage of fresh fruit, which is wonderful. I have definitely been getting my servings of fruit. Fresh veggies in the form of salad are always available as well, but surprisingly ONLY AT THE BUFFET. For those of you who are not familiar with cruising, there is a pretty much 24/7 buffet and then there is the fine dining room where you can go if you want to be waited on and have muliticourse meals of lavish foods and good company. Well I found out the hard way the first night that those wonderfully lavish dining rooms are not very for those of us who do not eat meat or dairy. Sure they have vegetarian options, such as cheese quesodilllas! To ask them to remove the cheese is like asking them to unmilk the cow or something. Needless to say the only vegan options are normally pasta and you can order steamed veggies but that's about it. I was disappointed to say the least. Therefore I have been spending my dinners at the buffet where I can get a plate full of salad with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, fresh peppers, and beans!! This is so far the only place I can locate plain beans, the salad bar. They are generally in one of those smaller dishes so I have to take several spoonfuls to get the amount I want and I look a little odd I'm sure but I was just grateful to have found them. I also go through the buffet looking for different cooked vegetables, last night there was steamed broccoli and a few nights ago I tried some other veggie I hadn't tried before (bok choy? maybe?)
Anyway, I am tugging right along. I have been fairly active OUTSIDE the ship's gym. I walked about a mile yesterday in the heat of St Maarten and swam for awhile in the ocean. Today I didn't do as much but tomorrow I plan on going for a nice long swim at Grand Turk!
Hope everyone is doing great and sticking to all of their goals!!