I am pleased to say that I gained very little weight after 19 days eating onboard the Island Princess. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal and up to Vancouver. If you have never been on a Princess Cruise ship before, I am here to tell you the food is expertly prepared, appetizing, and flavorful. The fear of gaining weight is real, but the choice was still my own.
Gluttonous, continuous eating onboard is possible, and sadly, I think it was the goal of a few of the passengers. We, however, opted to stick to three meals a day (plus morning coffee, afternoon tea, and an occasional soft serve ice cream). With few exceptions, all food is included in the cost of the cruise. The Island Princess had three specialty restaurants that had a cover charge, plus passengers pay additional for specialty coffee drinks, soft drinks, bottled water, and alcohol.
My best tips are below, but first let me tempt you with a bit of food porn:
Are you wondering, how I cruised for 19 days, eating the foods above without gaining too much weight.
Sorry to say it, there is no secret, it’s the same as every day life. Calories in versus calories out. If you don’t want to gain weight on the ship, you need to make good choices, and get some exercise. The latter is easier, as there is both a gym and a walking track. Plus there are plenty of active onboard options like Zumba, line dancing, ballroom dancing, swimming pools, basketball court, and a 5K breast cancer walk. Personally, I upped my goal, striving for 15,000 steps per day on my Fitbit Charge HR.
Aside from the dining rooms and specialty restaurants, the Island Princess has several eating onboard options including a Horizon Court buffet (open from 5.30 am to midnight), Princess Pizzeria (poolside), Swirls Ice Cream Bar (poolside), Bar and Grill (outdoors), La Patisseria coffee shop, room service, and bar snacks served in 9 locations.
Read more about our life onboard from my initial impressions of the Island Princess.
Tempted? Do you think you could enjoy 19 days eating onboard without gaining too much weight? Would you eat less, exercise more, or just worry about it when you get home?
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Disclaimer: In addition to VIP treatment onboard the Island Princess we were provided with many complimentary extras. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.