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During our recent cruise, most at our table would order 2 appetizers. My SO and myself would generally order the SPA salad (low cal), and then each choose a different appetizer from the top of the list. That way we could try something new and different; we would then share our appetizers. We also did this frequently for dessert. Most of the couples at our table were doing the same thing.

For lunch each day, we would choose to eat at the buffets. We generally choose the Taste of the Nations, taking small portions (tastes) of each item offered. I figured that I could always go back for more if it was really tasty. On the day of the chocolate buffet, we each ate a "regular" but lite lunch, and then I went to the chocolate buffet line. I returned with 3 PLATES (small)!!! I had gotten small portions (2-4 bites of stuff I wasn't sure about), slightly more of things that I was pretty sure we'd like. We shared the desserts and enjoyed sharing our thoughts about each with each other.

This was our first cruise, and being from a small town, with few dining choices, this was truly an adventure. We wanted to try new foods - and I bought the cookbook so that I could try some of our favorites at home. We are both watching our weight and tried to choose our foods wisely, yet have the chance to broaden our horizons. I found that by eating wisely at mealtime, I was very seldom hungry between meals (maybe I was having too much fun to be snacking out of boredom?)

I try not to waste food, but sometimes things just don't appeal to a person's taste buds. However, we found some very delicious items to be eaten slowly and relished to the last morsel.

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This thread amazes me. . . still going strong and so many strong opinions that I just have to add my own! :p

 

Women like the cruise-hater have anorexic daughters that have to go through years and years of therapy because of their self-esteem issues.

 

Vacations are for relaxing and having fun and trying new things. The whole point is YOU'RE NOT AT HOME! :eek: I don't know about any of you, but I don't make escargot at home, so if I have a large plate of it every night at dinner (which our waiter on a 7 night cruise made sure of when he found out how much I enjoyed it), that is MY concern.

 

Neither my husband nor I are "petite" in any way. But when we vacation we have a small breakfast and dinner, no lunch. That way we can have the extra appetizers or entrees and not blow the day's calories. Go ahead and give us dirty looks -- we know what we have and have not eaten that day.

 

People need to losen up and mind their own business. If what other people do bothers you so much, don't vacation where you'll be forced to see other people! And don't look my way at dinner!!

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This week I was at a meeting and afterwards a friend asked me why I love cruising. As I started to talk about, let's face it, my favorite conversational topic, another woman came up and said to her "We HATE cruises!!!" When I asked her why, she said because it is repulsive how much people eat, that some people even order two entrees! This seemed to make her absolutely furious.

 

So a few things came to mind- first, why would she be paying attention to what other people are eating? It would never cross my mind to be interested in what's on anyone else's plate besides my own. Second, if some people enjoy two entrees, who cares? It's your vacation- eat seven entrees if you want. Third, there are so many facets of cruising. I would have a great time even if the food wasn't good or it took a long time to embark or my steward forgot to fill the ice bucket because I'm still on a beautiful ship sailing with my dear family to fun destinations. When I read a review of a cruise and one little thing that the reviewer didn't like- like being asked to take her child out of the casino (no kidding, I read that one)- means the staff is rude, the cruiseline is no good etc etc. If everything has to be perfect for a person to have fun, I guess that person never has fun. Obviously cruising isn't the right vacation for everyone but I just thought that her attitude was over the top.

 

Barb

(Never thought about ordering two entrees but now I might! ;) )

 

Some people are just really uptight and rigid, you know? They feel the need to monitor other people's behavior and are always attempting to set an example of the "right way" to do things.

 

On our last Princess cruise we had anytime dining and one night we sat with a couple who were very nice but the woman just went on and on about what she COULDN'T eat...no carbs, no sugar, no this, no that. It was really very sad and annoying. I'm not sure what her point was in telling us all this but I was never happier to not have Traditional dining than I was that night!

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I would love to hear if there are any other foods not listed here that may be new additions that are worth trying. I am cruising in April and will try everything that has been mentioned that sounds good to me. I am making a list.. We are a family of 5 so maybe there won't be anyone judgemental at our table if there is anyone other than us at all..

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When I cruise, I enjoy eating. I'm a pretty good cook myself. But when I cook something special for my family, I find I don't enjoy it. Maybe it's because I am smelling it all day while cooking, but actually eating it is an anti-climax. However, on a cruise, it is all so wonderful and I don't have to cook it!! I can enjoy the different flavors, textures, etc.

 

Also, being from the midwest, seafood and lamb are special treats because they are so costly here. And even if I can find it cheaper, it is usually frozen.

 

The food is a BIG plus for us. DD wants to be a chef, so she likes to try different things for that reason. It's not all glutteny. Just enjoyment for different reasons.

 

Don't judge me - and I won't judge you if you get sloppy drunk at the bars. :D

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Ok-my SO and I like to eat. So sometimes we will order 2 entres or two deserts or even go to the buffet before our late seating dinner. I can't believe what we chose to do would matter to anyone.We even joke about how much we eat on a cruise.Usually diet before and after a cruise!I just enjoy eatting what I don't have to cook. We live in the boonies and our choice of restaurents are McDonalds or Subway so food on a cruise is a real treat for us and we make the most of it.I just hope we never sit with anyone who is bothered by this but if we do-then I guess they have the option of changing their table.

Laura

You must live near us. I have to drive 600 miles to Mobile, New Orleans, or Galveston to get decent food.

 

As for me having a major pigout, it is nobody's business but my own. I honestly feel sorry for people who claim to hate cruising. Anytime I can eat 24 hours a day and have the quality of food that the ships offer, I am in heaven. They can whimper and whine all they want and it won't stop me from doing what I love. The good Lord put me on this earth for two purposes and that is to find the perfect fajita and to sample ALL of the fare that a cruiseship has to offer. The quest for the perfect fajita still goes on. (I know that I am not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but I don't care.):p

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I was born and raised in the midwest but now I live in Austin. whenever I can get to Galveston for Seafood and Sun,I'm in heaven. People who enjoy judging others have to much time on their hands. I love to cruise.

 

Julie

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"We HATE cruises!!!" When I asked her why, she said because it is repulsive how much people eat, that some people even order two entrees! This seemed to make her absolutely furious.

 

Guess she doesn't go to the all-you-can-eat buffets either (the ones in most cities in the USA)

When we were younger my DH and I would go to buffets (including the ones on ships) strickly for the entertainment...if you just sit...enjoy a cup of coffee and people watch you can see some really funny things....my favorite is sitting by the ice cream machine:D

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When we were younger my DH and I would go to buffets (including the ones on ships) strickly for the entertainment...if you just sit...enjoy a cup of coffee and people watch you can see some really funny things....my favorite is sitting by the ice cream machine:D

 

 

This is so true! Usually the bowls there are very small, and it is amazing how much ice cream one person can put in those itty bitty bowls, then carefully carry it back to their table without it toppling over!

 

And have you noticed that it usually isn't kids doing this, but adults?

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Take him with you!!! If people let others ruin their cruise with bad behavior, it will be ruined anyway and not by your son!!! I have been on about 9 cruises and I have seen horrible behavior by loud mouths, drunks, teen agers,and babies! I have never once let it effect my good time! I agree that life is to short and he deserves the fun as much as you or me (or the judgemental @ss h*le$)

I'll drink to this. Bad behavior from a child with autism is forgivable. It is the perfectly healthy brats that I have a problem with. Most children, if left unchecked, will continue to be rude and obnoxious after they reach adulthood. You can witness this for yourself in the lounge or at any of the shows onboard.

 

As for major pigouts on a cruise. I am all for it. If you want to eat half of your meal, fine, but there is no reason why your tablemate should adhere to your regimen. My hat is off to the person that can eat 2 entrees and 3 desserts and then have the pizza for a snack. That is the sign of a true connoisseur.

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This exact thing happened to DD and me. We ordered 2 appetizers and our table mates said that was rude. They were never at our table again. The waiter kept trying to tell us it was because they didnt like him. I know better, they were snobs and didn't like us down to earth folks who happened to want 2 appetizers one night! Their loss!

 

Your tablemates said ordering 2 appetizers was rude? What's rude is commenting on someone ordering 2 appetizers!

Geeze Louise! some people really need to get over themselves!:rolleyes:

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I have enjoyed this thread. I have laughed a lot, thanks for posting.

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Folks should be able to order what they want.

 

Only proviso: You should eat all that you order/select. (unless inedible, in which case send it back or/and order something else).

 

Other than positive comments, it so rude at table to comment on folks' choices, be it sparing, trencherman, vegetarian or "fussy".

 

When I know that P&O are serving Beef Wellington for dinner, I always go light on lunch and order a double portion. I also, other than aforementioned evening, will often have a cold starter followed by a half portion of the hot fish main course before proceeding to the main meat course, although I am not a two dessert person. But good luck to those who do!

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QUOTE:

 

It wouldn't be enough for me to stop cruising, but she brings up a valid point..there are some people that "don't need to eat" two entrees. There are some who eat aimlessly on cruises beause they paid for it and feel they are entitiled [sIC] to it.

 

And how do you plan to judge (and why are you judging anyway?) what someone else does or doesn't "need" to eat? Let me guess ... by how much they weigh?

 

It can't be because you understand their metabolism, medical history, and have carefully monitored their caloric expenditure vs. intake all day ...

 

I don't think just because one enjoys it is a valid reason. I agree with her that some people are gluttons.

 

If enjoying what you eat isn't a valid reason for eating, then cruiselines can replace all their menus with cans of Ensure.

 

If I saw someone piling their plate with food or eating a lot of entrees ,and [sIC] they had a body that doesn't warrant them needing to eat so much, then I'd feel sorry for them.

 

Again, how (and why?) are you judging whether their body does or doesn't warrant them eating more or less? Are petite people supposed to eat a small salad because you've judged that's what is "warranted" for their size and weight?

 

Can people who weigh a lot eat a lot more, or does their body not "warrant them needing to eat so much" because you think they should weigh less than they do?

 

Can you weigh a lot because you're tall, muscular and fit and eat a lot without censure? Is it just people who also weigh a lot but it isn't so artfully distributed that are being criticized?

 

When I was a competitive athlete, where would I have fallen on the judgment scale? Because I could eat two enormous lunches, breakfast, dinner, snacks (enjoying every bite I might add) and was barely able to maintain what was an "ideal" weight for my height and build. Was I a glutton?

 

I'm sorry if I'm singling you out, because clearly you have a lot of company here ... but it seems to me completely out of line for anyone to be passing judgment on others if they eat what they order and enjoy it.

 

To let the absurd illustrate my point:

 

Is closet eating unoffensive (read here, room service)?

 

Are you all monitoring the bars too to make sure no one has more than the recommended 6 oz. of wine or beer a day? Checking those soda cards? Or is unlimited consumption of calories in liquid form acceptable?

 

It's vacation. Please. Concentrate on enjoying yourself and stop acting like the food police, judge and jury.

 

Some people are never happy. Why do they spend the money for a cruise? Couldn't they find a cheaper way to be unhappy?

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Folks should be able to order what they want.

 

Only proviso: You should eat all that you order/select. (unless inedible, in which case send it back or/and order something else).

 

Other than positive comments, it so rude at table to comment on folks' choices, be it sparing, trencherman, vegetarian or "fussy".

 

When I know that P&O are serving Beef Wellington for dinner, I always go light on lunch and order a double portion. I also, other than aforementioned evening, will often have a cold starter followed by a half portion of the hot fish main course before proceeding to the main meat course, although I am not a two dessert person. But good luck to those who do!

 

I just love the bread rolls and BUTTER on the cruises I have been on, and have trouble with the menu...there is soooo much food that sounds soooooo yummy it's hard to decide, my husband and I have been known to have more than 1 serving especially seafood. We are such pigs...but happy ones, I could not tell you who has ordered what on our table unless the conversation was about how nice the food is but then that's forgotten as there is so much more to stimulate your mind.

The buffet, I have been guilty of wanting to try all things and tend to get a spoonful of this and a spoonful of that, which looks as if it is piled up...but if it's cold or I don't like it then I don't eat it, but I never choose that again, usually after the first couple of days you seem to know what you like and what you don't, but there is so much variety daily there is a chance of trying things you either like or don't like.

People who judge what other people are doing must have boring lives to even worry about what someone else eats...or maybe they are so insecure in themselves that they must point out other peoples actions to take the focus off themselves.

Can't wait for 24th May...3 weeks no cooking, cleaning or work and OMG fantastic selection of food !!!!!!!!!;)

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Well, I wonder what that Woman would think of my husband and I then. We have never cruised (1st cruise coming up though) but even in the restaurants in our home town I will order two entrees but not order a main meal from the menu. Why? Because this way I can have 2 smaller sized portions. One as an Entree and one as a main. As I only ever eat in small amounts entree size is usually a fine substitute for my main meal.

Meanwhile my husband loves food with a passion and will often have seconds (and even thirds if its seafood). He's active, healthy and enjoys sampling different foods. He is not hurting anyone by enjoying his meals so I don't see the harm in it. We just say he's eating what I am missing out on.:D

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This is one of the reasons that I convinced my DH to go on his first cruise in April, was being able to order what he wanted and as much as he wanted. He ordered 2 entrees every night and if he didn't see 2 that he liked he ordered something from the previous nights. No one looked twice at him and by the third night others at the table were doing the same thing. I can't believe that it is anyone's business what myself or my DH decide to eat and how much we eat. To each his own. This is one of the greats of cruising.

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I would never order 2 entrees.

 

6 desserts? Yes. But never 2 entrees.

:p This made me laugh out loud!

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the ship would probably sink!

You'd just have to make sure that everyone on the ship didn't all move to the same side at once !!! Oh wait......that wouldn't happen because they'd all be at the buffet.....

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There is no logical reason to get bent out of shape by anything people do while they are on vacation. If they eat like pigs and make themselves sick it still wont mess up YOUR vacation. The only thing on my cruise that irritated me was the "Adults Only" pool and hot tub overrun by kids one night and security took care of that.

 

Always remember; vacations are supposed to be relaxing and stress free. Don't mess that up by stressing yourself out worrying about what everyone else is doing.

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:eek: I can't believe someone would hate cruising because of how much someone else ate! I also feel sorry for her, she must lead a sad life!

 

We just got back from a cruise and were seated at a table with 4 first time cruisers. The first thing I told them was that they could order 2 entrees or desserts! I personally can't usually finish my first, but my DH gets to finish it for me! He occasionally orders 2 starters and sometimes 2 entrees but not every night! The couples we were with took his lead and each ordered 2 entrees on one night. I usually try his as well so I can at least taste more than one! We don't eat much during the day, because we want to enjoy dinner,the best meal on the ship! We have only ever sailed on Carnival, and we enjoy it so much we are booking the same ship and cruise for the 3rd time for next year! :D

 

I may not always be thrilled with some of the things on the cruise, but that doesn't mean I don't have a great time! I always feel sorry for the embarkation staff, watching everyone else leave every day!

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The comment about eating more food than you 'need' is sizism. It is totally unacceptable to judge other people on their appearance. You wouldn't comment on someone who was using crutches, or someone who was blind (at least I hope not), or on their skin color or facial unattractive features. Wouldn't that be rude? Talking about whether a person was eating too much food is also rude.

 

I am overweight, but I don't gain weight on a cruise which is a plus as far as I am concerned. This is because once I get full, I don't eat any more. If I forget this sometimes - I pay for it later in discomfort.

 

At the buffet I take a tiny portion of the things I'm interested in (one spoonful) and then if I'm still hungry and I REALLY liked it, I will take a second spoonful.

 

In the dining room, I usually order one of each item. I will sometimes order three starters (cold soup, salad and appetizer) and no entree. I don't remember ever ordering two entrees, but once or twice I've ordered two desserts. I really appreciate having smaller portions so that I can do this without getting too full.

 

We had a lady of about 80 years old (tiny little thing) who persisted in ordering extra entrees and desserts for everone at the table to try. And this was kind of fun to do. Even though sometimes what she ordered did not appeal to me at all, I would taste it to at least be polite.

 

I can only remember once when what I ordered (it was an Indian dish) was so unpalatable to me that I just couldn't eat it. The waiter was concerned. I asked him to bring me a Caesar salad and hot tea, which he did and that was my dinner.

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