In the past, if you mentioned that you were vegan or vegetarian, you were told you were following a trend or going through a phase. But these days there are more and more people converting to a meatless or completely plant-based diet for many different reasons.
The majority of cruise lines have an overwhelming amount of options for meat-eaters onboard with some even having meat themed restaurants so finding something that doesn’t contain meat on the menu has proved to be difficult.
This is now a thing of the past. With the ever-growing demand for vegan and vegetarian options, Cruise lines have taken a step forward and are slowly, but surely, introducing more and more plant-based dishes to their menus.
We’ve pulled together a list of all the cruise lines who have recently started offering vegan and vegetarian menus for you to sample whilst onboard…
Royal Caribbean Cruises have a vegan menu that will be served in the main dining rooms. Previously vegan options were only available in the Windjammer restaurant and buffet-style dining.
The exciting new menu features vegan spaghetti bolognese, edamame stuffed portobello mushrooms and even a toffee cheesecake!
This will enable vegan passengers to enjoy formal dining meals with everyone else on board to make sure they don’t miss out on any of the action whilst onboard.
Speaking to VegNews, Liken D’Souza, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Royal Caribbean International stated: “As the number of people and families adopting a vegan lifestyle continues to grow, we wanted to formalize our vegan offerings in a dedicated menu.”
With all the excitement over the announcement of Virgin Voyages, you may have missed that there will be over 20 dining choices onboard their new ship with no buffet or main dining options.
Onboard you’ll find their Razzle Dazzle restaurant which has a mix of both “naughty” (meat) and “nice” (vegetarian and vegan options) for sailors to enjoy, all with a vibrant and creative twists. Why not try their ‘nice’ menu featuring the ‘Impossible Burger’… if you’re up for the challenge?
No tonly that, Razzle Dazzle will also be offering healthy smoothies and a delicious juice bar.
Regent Seven Seas have been hard at work as they have released more than 200 gourmet plant-based dishes fleetwide.
Regent Seven Seas stated, “gourmet plant-based selections will be offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet the evolving tastes of luxury travellers who are following vegan or vegetarian lifestyles or hunger to enjoy more plant-based diet”.
The new menu will feature wild mushroom tart with a brittle pie crust, falafel fritters with harissa mayo and summer berry pudding chantilly.
Azamara takes food allergies and special diets very seriously onboard. You simply notify the cruise line 2 months prior to your departure of any requirements you may have, you then have a meeting with the restaurant manager and executive chef the day you board to discuss your dietary needs in more detail.
Also, their new vegan menu can be found at Discoveries, Prime C and Aqualina. All foods offered onboard are clearly marked vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free or healthy choice.
Norwegian Crusie Line chefs are trained to accommodate special dietary requirements and can adapt dishes to make them suited for each passenger’s needs.
They offer vegetarian options in the majority of the restaurants (even the steakhouse) and chefs will make you something special or can bring you a dish from a neighbouring restaurant.
Passengers who are vegan can notify the maitre d’ upon arrival and all vegetarian dishes are labelled with a ‘V’.
Oceania Cruises were thrilled to reveal in April 2019 their new, 200 plant-based dishes that are now available on their entire fleet.
The extensive range of plant-based dishes has been designed by their culinary leadership team with world-renowned chef, Chistophe Berg. The new vegan menu is an addition to its renowned vegetarian and Aquamar Spa Cuisine
The dishes contain flavours from all around the world including Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Malaysian and more.
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Although a lot of cruise lines do now offer more vegan and vegetarian options for their passengers, it is best to check the cruise line’s websites prior to your trip to ensure that if you do need to make any special requests, you’re covered.
Are you vegan or vegetarian? Have you struggled to find dishes to meet your dietary requirements onboard a cruise? What are some of your favourite dishes you would like to see on the menu? Let us know in the comments below…
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