Vegans sometimes have a hard time finding food to eat on a cruise. It’s difficult, and discouraging, to pick through loads of menus, buffet items, and snacks just to find something to nourish them while they’re cruising.
There is hope, though, for vegans that want to see the world and sail to amazing places. The answer lies in booking a cruise with the right cruise line, in particular choosing a cruise that will cater to a vegan diet by sometimes even offering only vegan food on the ship.
There are a few dedicated vegan cruise companies that only serve animal-free foods, such as Vegan River Cruises, and there are some cruise lines that go out of their way to make sure animal rights supporters have tasty fare too (some of the big-name cruise lines, we’re happy to report).
The following are some cruise lines that cater to vegans by employing expert chefs who craft delicious meals to appeal to the needs of vegan travelers.
Vegan River Cruises is a vegan-food-only cruise that gives passengers healthy, tantalizing, and gourmet meals throughout their river cruise adventures. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and treats (and even fine wines) are all-vegan and all-fantastic. Vegan River Cruises journeys take place on luxury small ships that sail down some of Europe’s best and most beautiful rivers.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a completely vegan menu for all meals. It utilizes a seven-day cycle menu for breakfast as well as a 14-day cycle menu for lunch (with four-course lunches available) and dinner, so you’ll likely get to enjoy different foods for each cruise you’ll take with the line. There are “eggs” benedicts, vegetable curry dishes, Indonesian stew entrees, and even strawberry shortcake desserts that are entirely vegan and plentiful for you to enjoy throughout your voyage.
Oceania Cruises is a sister cruise line to Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which means that Oceania serves some of the same extraordinary vegan fare as Regent. On an Oceania cruise, you’ll find vegan protein plates with turmeric and veggies, vegan cookies, vegan ice cream, and vegan sandwiches for tea time.
SeaDream Yacht Club’s luxury yachts offer the only raw and living foods menu at sea. Dishes on these menus were created in conjunction with the Hippocrates Heath Institute, and they’re prepared with raw, vegan, and organic ingredients that will surely please the palate and keep passengers energized for a long adventure. Nothing on SeaDream’s raw menus have been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit in order to preserve the valuable nutrients inside of the foods.
Other cruise lines that cater to vegan travelers by offering a substantial amount of foods without animal flesh or animal products include Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, and Princess Cruises. If you like the idea of taking a cruise where only vegan food is served, you may want to check out Holistic Holiday at Sea cruises that run once a year on MSC cruise ships and offer fun activities like yoga.