Cruising minus the extra kilos

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Indulgence is often one of the most fun parts of a holiday, but there are a growing number of options for the health-conscious.

All-you-can-eat buffet – hold me back. Another drink? Yes please. On-board indulgence often comes at a cost, though, with passengers disembarking from a cruise regularly complaining about carrying a few extra kilos beyond the souvenirs in their luggage. 

However, those expanded waistlines aren’t a necessary holiday addition, with an increasing number of cruise lines getting on board with healthy eating.

SeaDream Yacht Club has taken to the healthy eating trend with gusto introducing optional raw menus aboard its mega motor-cruiser yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II.

These optional menus use raw, organic and vegan (no fish, meat, eggs or dairy), and the food is never heated above 47.78C to retain micro-nutrients.

The company introduced the optional menu after the Norwegian owners Linn and Atle Brynestad discovered raw foods at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida.

SeaDream executive chef Sudesh Kishore created the menu and said it was proving popular.

“And while growing numbers of our guests now choose it either at some stage of their SeaDream holiday or throughout their entire sailing, we’ve our regular menus for those who love their filet mignon, double chocolate mousse and other of our five-star dining indulgences,” Mr Kishore said.

The menu includes the likes of the "Watercress Tang", a liquid mixture of watercress, Anjou pear, lime and pineapple, along with a crunchy and slightly spicy Asian-style cashew curry salad and a vegetable lasagna with pasta-like noodles made from spinach leaves and coconut meat, layered between a spicy cauliflower mash topped with a sundried tomato marinara.

Not forgetting desserts, there is the cashew lemon cheesecake made from almonds, dates, cashews, lemon juice, almond milk and coconut butter.

For those booking Celebrity Cruises’ Aquaclass staterooms, there is priority seating in speciality restaurant, Blu, which features clean cuisine that puts a healthier twist on classic dishes.

The restaurant is built around the concept of a spa restaurant where, for example, a heavy bearnaise is swapped for a lighter truffle vinaigrette to accompany steak.

In line with the rise of wellness tourism on land, cruise ships are also offering an at-sea take on the trend with special cruise departures.

Silversea Expeditions offers wellness expedition voyages with yoga, spa treatments, healthy daily menus and nutritional counselling.

The 120-guest Silver Discoverer completes wellness cruises through South-East Asia and the South Pacific throughout the year, with trips from five to 17 days.

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