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June 6, 2013

13 Facts About Shipboard Food on the Pacific Pearl


I’m home again after our cruise aboard the Pacific Pearl. Those who have been on a cruise before will know about the sheer amount of food available. It’s very tempting to have a little of this and a little of that and before you know it, clothes strain at the seams. I’m afraid I am physical proof of this fact, and I’m officially on a diet. Sick smile

The catering is a huge operation, and I found the food related facts they gave us fascinating.

13 Facts About Shipboard Food

1. 3000 dozen eggs are used during a 10 day cruise.

2. Plus 1000 kg of lettuce

3. 4000 litres of milk

4. 2000 kg of watermelon

5. 1400 kg of steak – hubby ate quite a few of these!

6. 7500 tea bags are dunked and drunk

7. 600 kg of cheese is consumed – I like cheese.

8. 12500 plates, 10000 glasses and 15000 items of cutlery are washed each day

9. There are 29 people on the dishwashing brigade

10. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish are delivered when the ship is in port

11. On average 90 tons (180 pallets) of food are loaded on board after passing inspection by the Food and Beverage Director.

12. There are five butchers on board to prepare different cuts of meat

13. 99% of the passengers put on weight. Unfortunately, I didn’t fit into the 1% category. I blame the pastry chef!

Do you tend to eat more when you’re on holiday?


  1. Ron.

    My Beloved Sandra & I took our 1st cruise (Carnival Line) last February. The whole food prep/delivery system fascinated me, too.

    • Shelley Munro

      Did you get to see behind the scenes? The galley tour is always fascinating.

  2. Pearl

    how many passengers for all that?

  3. Colleen@LooseLeafNotes

    I’d like to hear more about that pastry. Hopefully I could dance it off! Looks like they could feed a small country.

  4. Anthony North

    That is a lot of food.

  5. Alice Audrey

    I haven’t been on a cruise in many, many years. When I was, I found myself overeating not because there was so much food to eat, but because I missed too many meals and started acting as if I was starving. Snacks would appear and disappear randomly.

  6. CountryDew

    Wow. Food for an army!

  7. Jennifer Leeland

    Whew! 29 dishwashers! Awesome! This really puts the whole thing into perspective doesn’t it!

  8. Angela Brown

    I do enjoy cruises. They are so much fun. And yes, the food is wonderful. Food everywhere you go. And the drinks. Yeah…I need to get on a cruise soon lol!!

    Glad you had a wonderful time :-)

  9. Tania.F.Walsh

    Wow… love those stats. Never been on a cruise.

  10. Heather L

    Welcoem back, Shelley! That is quite a bit of food–puts my poor fridge to shame, huh? It’s been a while since I had a vacation, but when I was able to take them, we generally walked so much that I think I lost weight.

  11. Mary Kirkland

    I’ve never been on a cruise but I can imagine. My favorite food is sweets, so during the holidays or family get togethers the sweets call to me.

  12. Maria Zannini

    It’s not that I eat more when I travel, but I probably don’t eat the “right” things. :)

    Someday, Greg and I will go on a cruise. We’ve been talking about doing the Alaska cruise. Everyone I know who’s taken it say it’s amazing.