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#1 Old 02-29-2008, 02:46 PM
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Is anybody else going on the vegan Caribbean cruise in April?



Looks like lots of fun. I'm just curious to know if other VBers will be there.
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#2 Old 02-29-2008, 02:58 PM
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Is there a vegan option? I've only seen them say vegetarian.



I wanted to and scheduled the vacation time, but I'm changing tracks and saving for my home downpayment instead.

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#3 Old 02-29-2008, 03:18 PM
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Is there a vegan option? I've only seen them say vegetarian.



I wanted to and scheduled the vacation time, but I'm changing tracks and saving for my home downpayment instead.



The meals are vegan actually. On that part of the boat at least (as I understand it only part of the ship is dedicated to the vegan cruise, and the rest is regular fare unless I'm misunderstanding things).



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Get The Freak Outta Dodge!!! I remember reading about it veg times but totally forgot about it. Thank you for the reminder



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It looks like fun, but I've heard a lot of negativity regarding cruises and what they do to the oceans.
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You make a great point about the cruise ship being bad for the environment. Sometimes we as vegans get so focused on what we are eating that we forget how our actions outside of our diets affect the world and the animals that live here.

It's kind of like meeting a vegan and looking down only to see his/her leather shoes! Duh!
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#8 Old 02-29-2008, 06:20 PM
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That sounds like fun. I wonder if it's an annual event. I can't make vacation plans that big on just a month's notice.
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I want the whole boat.
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Wow!! That sounds AMAZING!! If only I didn't have to get my stupid truck fixed!! I would buy a ticket right now!! Wait... I wouldn't have anyone to go with anyhow.. then again I spose I could just meet people on the cruise... something to look forward to!! Peace & Love!!
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That sounds like fun. I wonder if it's an annual event. I can't make vacation plans that big on just a month's notice.



I'm pretty sure it is. I think there was one last year about this time, so I would expect them to be doing the same again next year.
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It looks like fun, but I've heard a lot of negativity regarding cruises and what they do to the oceans.



That's a good point, and I've considered it and knew it would come up in this thread.



Of course there are many things in my daily life I do that have an impact on the environment, from the food I buy to the transportation I use, to the clothes I wear, etc. I like to think that overall my environmental impact is way less than the average person's. It doesn't really justify it but I wanna live a little too, ya know?



ETA: Apparently this cruise line is concerned as well
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I hope this has nothing to do with Scientology!

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I'm confused. It's supported by Vegetarian Times so I'd think it's meant more for vegetarians and vegans, yet they mention alternative health but no mention of diet. They do appear more environmentally-friendly so I'd look at going to something like this if it was a special event that caters just towards vegetarians and vegans, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
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^^^ click on the 'cuisine' tab along the top of the linked page, for pretty substantial mention of diet.
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^^^ click on the 'cuisine' tab along the top of the linked page, for pretty substantial mention of diet.



"Fresh fish will be served on request and the ship's regular vegetarian and standard fare are optional on request."
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"Fresh fish will be served on request and the ship's regular vegetarian and standard fare are optional on request."



Yeah, well, I guess it's not vegan.

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Something about going to a day's worth of seminars on veganism, then sitting down to eat with classmates while their spouses eat steaks doesn't seem to intimate to me.
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yeah, i got the impression that it was aimed at the 'alternative health possee' with vegan whole-foods as the mainstay, but that there was fish, meat, dairy, and junk available on request for those who 'neeeeeeed' it -for their palate (?) .
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NO. It's for their Pallett.




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i for one always carry a flat wooden stacking crate, plus an complete oil painting kit and easel around with me, and i need to ingest a lot of protein as a result.
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I'm confused. It's supported by Vegetarian Times so I'd think it's meant more for vegetarians and vegans, yet they mention alternative health but no mention of diet. They do appear more environmentally-friendly so I'd look at going to something like this if it was a special event that caters just towards vegetarians and vegans, but that doesn't appear to be the case.



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"Fresh fish will be served on request and the ship's regular vegetarian and standard fare are optional on request."



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Yeah, well, I guess it's not vegan.



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yeah, i got the impression that it was aimed at the 'alternative health possee' with vegan whole-foods as the mainstay, but that there was fish, meat, dairy, and junk available on request for those who 'neeeeeeed' it -for their palate (?) .





No, this isn't a completely vegan cruise. I didn't mean to imply it in my first post and thought I cleared it up in my second post. It is a holistic-type cruise that serves vegan food - with other options for those who don't choose a vegan diet. It's the most vegan-friendly cruise available that I'm aware of.



My understanding is that one section of the ship is offering mostly vegan foods (I'm assuming the 'fish on request' option is there for those who follow a macrobiotic diet). Yes it would be nice if it were only vegan foods on the entire ship, but let's face it, the fact that this cruise exists as it does makes me pretty excited. I wouldn't even think of going on a typical cruise due to lack of food options, having to call ahead to order vegan foods, not knowing what is in buffet foods, etc etc. I think it's incredible that it's even an option to go on a cruise where vegan foods will be in the majority (and the omnis are stuck asking for food on request instead of vice versa). Yes, they are going to offer other options, because people like options (just as we like to have vegan options).



Sorry to those who are disappointed. I personally thought it was a very positive thing and I continue to look forward to this trip
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I've been on 2 cruises years and years ago, and I agree, this sounds great even if it's not 100% vegan. I was hungry a lot of the time on those cruises, and yet I still had to pay the same small fortune to cover food as my omni friends did.



I say we plan a VB meetup around this cruise for next year.
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I say we plan a VB meetup around this cruise for next year.



Sounds like a great idea! I doubt I'll go two years in a row though We'll see how it goes I'll be sure to report back.
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Oh please let us know how it goes! After some discussing, we've decided there's no way we'll be able to make this one. Though next year we might try.



I've never had a problem with food on cruise lines. In fact, the last one I went on, as a vegan, they gave me my own personal care taker lol. I loved him. He would watch for me in the restaurants and when I'd go to sit down he'd find me, come over ask me what I wanted (I was never picky) and would come over with the most beautiful plates of food. I mean sinfully luscious huge amounts of grilled veggies, all sorts of ethic dishes all hot and steamy and beautiful. Once I sat down with my family for dinner and he just came out with their food with two plates and asked me which one I wanted. One was a vegan sun dried tomato cream sauce with tons of fresh big chunks of varied peppers, and one was a beautiful thai type dish.



Everyone in the restaurant would look at my food and drool. People would turn and ask, "how come you're getting special food that's not on the menu?". Once I got up for breakfast by myself and Deepak (my guy) sent someone else out with a big bowl of fresh strawberries. Another cruiser turned and stared and her husband said, "do you know how hard it is to get fresh strawberries on a ship?" It was like my little vegan heaven.



I gained a solid 8 lbs lol. Just let them know before you go what your dietary needs are and most likely they will take excellent care of you. My mother swore next time she cruised she'd say she was vegetarian since my food was always so much better than what was being offered.
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That's awesome Beachbnny! Sounds like you really lucked out. What cruise line was it? I noticed that PCRM has rated different cruise lines with regards to their veg-friendliness. That was back in 2003 though so things might have changed.
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That particular cruise was Norweigan Cruise Lines. If I had to pick 13 days of my life live out over and over, it would be the 13 days I spent on that cruise lol. And that's how they want you to feel, so speak up!



We got excellent service everywhere, at the bars, the restaurants, the shops, the shows. It was so lovely. My aunt only drinks vodka tonics with at least 3 limes. When we'd go to the casino together a waitress would come straight over to her and bring her a vodka tonic and the entire rim of the glass would be lined with limes. I'm talkin like 7 slices of lime! She wanted to know what I was doing to get such great service lol. Really I was just super nice and appreciative of everything they did for us (and I hung out with some of the staff late-night).



Best vacation of my life!
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Around here vacation is going camping. Hell will freeze over before when we can take afford such a luxury.
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I say we plan a VB meetup around this cruise for next year.



Why don't we just plan a mass gathering somewhere this summer like Veggiestock or something?
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Why don't we just plan a mass gathering somewhere this summer like Veggiestock or something?



I believe that is done anyways
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