I love to eat. That love, mixed with the amount of free food available on a cruise, had me fearing I’d be rocking stretch pants instead of jeans by debarkation day. I’ve heard that the average passenger gains anywhere from five to 10 pounds per weeklong sailing, but I’ve always been skeptical. So, I gorged myself and avoided the onboard gym like the plague (ok, I broke down and went once) to put it to the test. Now that I’m safely back in New Jersey and far, far away from bikini weather, I’ve dared to weigh myself….
Pre-cruise weight: 142.2 pounds.
Post-cruise weight: 143.4 pounds.
Total weight gained: 1.2 pounds.
Conclusion: It’s a myth!
Perhaps you’re saying to yourself, “self, I bet Ashley’s one of those girls who eats a cracker and a piece of lettuce and calls it a meal.” Not true! I kept a log of every single thing I ate while onboard, and although I won’t bore you with the complete list here, I will tell you that it included five cheeseburgers, six slices of pizza, three helpings of fries, 10 ice cream cones, a chocolate melting cake, seven nights’ worth of room-service dessert and enough strips of bacon to clog a whole mess of arteries.
In terms of exercise, I surprised myself by taking the elevator more than the stairs, which isn’t like me. I did, however, participate in a very rigorous shore excursion during our stop in Belize, and I suppose teetering from one end of the ship to the other on four-inch heels after several late nights of fist-pumping in the club could be considered a workout.
Regardless, I will say that there are healthy options onboard, but you do have to actively search for them, particularly during some of the wonkier times of day when the buffet is closed. But, seriously, who wants to do that when junk food is so much easier to come by?
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