I'd be so grateful if you could help me.
I'm an amateur bodybuilder so I pay a lot of attention to what and how much I eat. In a few months I'm probably going to work for Costa Cruises as a waiter but, before accepting the job, I need to know if the following foods are freely available for their workers (or on cruise ships in general, whatever the company is) in a raw form and if I can cook them myself:
- rolled oats
- skimmed milk
- whole grain bread, pasta, cereals
- beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas
- turkey/chicken breast and/or loin
- extra vergine olive oil
- cottage cheese
- artificial sweeteners
A BIG no-no on any cruise line is "cooking your own foon" - due to fire hazards you're not allowed most food and definately no cooking appliances in your cabin. Period. Though, as a waiter, you will have "access" to the kitchen (not to use it, but to the chefs/cooks)
- eggs - always - hundreds of dozens of eggs
- rolled oats - usually not
- skimmed milk - yes
- almonds - walnuts - perhaps from the baker
- whole grain bread, pasta, cereals - ships have their own bakery on board. I'd say only the bread. Never seen whole grain pasta and only commercial type sugary cereal.
- beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas - You'll see these on the 'salad bar' - usually prepped into a marinated salad
- turkey/chicken breast and/or loin - usually a staple in the staff messes
- extra vergine olive oil - gallons!!!
- cottage cheese - rarely on my line. It has to be specially requested for crew, but you are in the galley, so you might be able to find it.
- artificial sweeteners - yes
If you think of what you'd find at a hotel restaurant - you pretty much have an idea of what's available. Limited. Dependind on your intinerary, you can sometimes get to a grocery store or heath/natural foods store to pick up some goods (You can't bring hot foods, produce, meats onboard).
I'd also see if you can find out from Costa as to the quality/availablity of a gym. As a waiter, you won't be able to get to use the passenger facilities, and I don't know about the crew facilities on that line. Your job is pretty much a 10-12 hour a day, 7 days a week job. Work outs might be restrited to the between midnight and 6am timeslot
Boogiepop, some healthy eating there, couple of waiters on my cruises told me they ate the leftovers from passengers meals, maybe sometimes eh if the cooks are to tired or lazy to cook for crew.
In the 70's and 80's I did a few cruises as security officer on my vacation, we got to eat with the ship's officers, very nice, not sure what happens now, security probably eat with the petty officer grade people, not deck officers.
Good luck with your job.
Cheers..Les the boy from OZ !
Princess Elite Cruiser
195 cruise days with Sitmar, P&O and Princess
All over the world !