Cruise holidays have it all; various destinations to discover, cosy and elegant cabins, plenty of entertainment… and some seriously good food.
Long gone are the days when your choice was limited to whatever was served up at the main buffet.
Nowadays cruise lines are pulling out all the stops with specialty restaurants, fine dining venues and an impressive spread of international cuisine (think everything from French bistros to Teppanyaki restaurants).
Then of course that’s not counting the afternoon tea offerings, the snack bars and the sweet shops.
It’s therefore no surprise that two thirds of holidaymakers say food and drink is the most important factor when picking a cruise holiday, according to research by Admiral Travel Insurance .
But with cruise ships getting bigger and bigger, what exactly does it take to feed the thousands of passengers?
Well, Admiral’s study revealed that on a typical large cruise ship, with the ability to hold up to 6,000 passengers, there is over 100 tonnes of food and drink stocked on board.
That’s a whopping 250,000 meals a week (approximately 35,000 meals a day).
Coffee and pastries alone make for a pretty impressive spread.
We’re talking over 67,550 pastries over the week, although one cruise captain upped the ante when he ordered Greggs for 700 passengers earlier this year!
Meanwhile, those who need that caffeine kick in the morning won’t struggle; cruise liners typically carry around 861kg of coffee, which is nearly 120,000 cups of coffee over the seven day period.
Passengers with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed, as a seven-day cruise can involve 21,000 ice cream cones – stacked up together they’d give the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, a run for its money!
As for drinks? Passengers are bound to be spoiled for choice with 16,862 litres of alcohol on board – that’s the equivalent of filling 169 bathtubs.
Usually that includes around 31,900 bottles and 900 cans of beer, as well as 6,000 bottles.
Of course that’s just beers and wine; it doesn’t account for the signature cocktails often found in the on board bars, as well as the soft drinks and alcohol-free cocktails.
Cruise lines are continuing to up the stakes when it comes to foodie experiences, and not just with excursions.
In fact, you can find themed cruises which are entirely dedicated to food and drink, whether that be French cheese and wine or dedicated sailings with live cookery shows and appearances from celebrity chefs.