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g Johns April 3rd, 2005 06:06 AM menu
Hi: My fiance and I have been gifted with an Alaska cruise in August. This is our first cruise and I am a bit worried about the menu. We have both been dieting but even when not we eat a very bland diet, mostly grilled chicken, plain salad and plain potatoe type of meals. I for one dont eat seafood or fancy dishes although my fiance is willing to try anything. My question is this, should I plan to stay in my cabin on formal nights due to the fact that I think the meals will be way off the norm for me and not to my liking? This will be a trip of a lifetime for us and a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my future inlaws but at the same time I am afraid that the dress code and planned meals may be too much for me. I just dont have a clue how I will manage the packing either as after seven days onboard we spend the next 6 on bus and train...whew... We are in our mid forties, doing the Alaska cruise 15 leaving August 14 on the Veendam....Thanks for any cruise tips that may help!

MaryLou April 3rd, 2005 06:19 AM

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g Johns: Wow, congrats...what a great gift. Do not be concerned about the menu. Most cruiselines will accomodate you in any way they can. From past experience, there are food selections that are available every night, such as beef, chicken or a veggie meal. These are in addition to the featured items. If there is not something on the menu that you think you would like, just speak to your waiter and he/she will make arrangements to get you something else. Please do not miss out on the fun of Formal night in the dining room.

g Johns April 3rd, 2005 12:46 PM

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Dear MaryLou : Thank you so much for the information. I am now looking completely forward to our cruise with no reservations. The only thing we are afraid of now is that we will love it so much we will have to book one every year. LOL..many thanks again and enjoy your cruises!!!!!

MaryLou April 3rd, 2005 01:05 PM

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g John: You are very welcome. I'm afraid to tell you that your fears are well will become addicted after just one cruise....I promise you! You might want to get a jump on things and start planning number 2 right now, LOL. Have a great time and please be sure to tell us how the first one goes.

luths2 April 12th, 2005 11:54 AM

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I agree with Mary Lou--cruising is very addictive! It's rather like riding the roller coaster--as soon as you get off, you want to ride again! We've sailed twice with HAL and both trips have exceeded our expectations.

Regarding the food choices, there are plenty of choices that are "sensible." You can order the same things served in the dining room to be served in your stateroom, if you'd like.

My husband sprained both ankles while we cruised the Med for 12 days (major bummer but we made the best of it). We had to eat a lot of meals in our stateroom because he wasn't up to going to the dining room, but we ate wonderfully and didn't feel like we missed anything.

Just watch out for that Cruise Planner 2005-2006 that HAL puts in your stateroom the last day or two of the cruise. You'll find yourself not only looking through it, but starting to plan another!


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