It has been silent on the blog for a week. My husband and I are returning from a great Spring Break vacation to the Bahama’s aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. For those who follow the news, this is the ship which just returned to Baltimore with the norovirus. I’m happy to report my husband and I did not receive the norovirus!! However, several other passengers did. Perhaps this is because we chose to use the stairs for the whole vacation. Ok, well maybe we used the elevator twice when I wore heals for formal nights. Or maybe it’s because we followed the rules and applied hand sanitizer/washed our hands prior to each meal (which was very often). Or maybe it’s because we have healthy guts and continued eating healthy on our cruise?
I was nervous prior to boarding our ship. I’ve cruised several times in the past, but ate anything or everything I wanted. This trip was different, I avoided gluten and diary. Gluten does a number on my stomach now and I met with the Maitre De prior to our first meal to tell him of my gluten intolerance. I choose to avoid dairy on my own. The nightly menu had marks stating which foods were dairy free, gluten free, nut free and/or a low fat option.
Eating breakfast was a breeze. We ate at the buffet breakfast and in the main dining room. I stuck with my traditional breakfast of two eggs over easy, bacon and fresh fruit. I must say, I splurged with fresh fruit on this vacation. I normally don’t venture into the melons and watermelon at home…but this was my vacation!
Lunch was my favorite meal of the day. They had an amazing salad bar at the buffet dining room or in the main dining room downstairs. I never had to wait in line for a salad! I found downstairs had more gourmet options (artichoke hearts, prosciutto, sprouts). However, both locations had fresh salad! I choose to stick with oil and balsamic vinegar for my dressing daily.
Diner was always ate in the formal dining room. I pre-ordered my meals the night before to be made without gluten. I found most my meals came grilled and did not have the sauces. For example, I would get steak without the sauce or shrimp without a butter base. To be honest, this is how I prefer my food at home anyways. Now for desert, I always ordered the cheese platter because of the AMAZING fruit they put on it. However, I never ate the cheese. I think my head waiter caught on after 4 nights of cheese left on the plate.
Snacking was simple too! They always had fresh fruit cups at the pool snack bar. I think I ate a TON of fruit on this trip. They also had a great Greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. I always asked for a scoop without cheese. There was always fresh veggies on the salad bars (yes they had multiple ones).
All said and done, we would cruise again in a heart beat! It was VERY easy cruising with our Paleo lifestyle. There was a LOT of temptations but in the end, each person is responsible for their own success. After returning home, I have gained 2lbs. I believe most of the weight is retaining water due to eating lunch meat and sugar from all the fruit.