Live From Carnival Liberty: The Post-Cruise Weigh-In

December 11, 2011 | By | 7 Comments

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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    7 Responses to “Live From Carnival Liberty: The Post-Cruise Weigh-In”

    1. April
      December 11th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

      I actually managed to lose 2 pounds while on my cruise last May. I had Chocolate Melting Cake every evening, the Lido deck buffet for lunch, sometimes a late night snack, and not healthy breakfast every day. According to my doc the fact that I ate at regular intervals, took the stairs more often then the elevator, spent a lot of time walking around the ship (to get to activities or from room to dining room, not for exercise) and a lot of time swimming or walking (aka shopping) in ports is what caused my weight loss.

    2. Melissa
      December 11th, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

      Good for you, but I gain 5-7 pounds every cruise!

    3. Marcie Byers Gunkel
      December 12th, 2011 @ 11:56 am

      We have a rule…walk a mile a meal!

    4. EZ
      December 12th, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

      I also gain on each cruise-about a half of a pound per day.
      And we’ve been on several transatlantic ones that were 14-16 nites!!
      So those more like 8 lbs gained.
      But once I am home with plain old cold cereal for breakfast, no choc melting cake,
      no choc lunch buffet, no delish mango juice in the am.s, no deli-I lose automatically to usual weight in about 7 days.
      But it was great fun – all the food choices!

    5. Tom in long beach
      December 12th, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

      I usually only gain a lb or 2 on a 7 night cruise. longer cruises I just start eating less and more like at home. It is not the 7 nights on the cruise, it is what you do the other 50 weeks of the year. I do have to take the stairs and walk laps, otherwise I just feel disgusting and can’t sleep. I am sure the disco does wonders for those that like to dance.

    6. Spoarzy
      December 20th, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      I did gain 11lbs on one 7 day cruise. So it does happen. Oh and I enjoyed every bite I took :)

    7. Kathy
      March 27th, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

      I just cruised a 7 day cruise and gained 5lbs. Before leaving, I had been on a strict calorie allotment of only 1330 calories per day. I would “earn” more calories with exercise, so I could end up eating a normal dinner with my husband. Needless to say, all that hard work of 2 years went right out the window on my cruise, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly at every meal plus plenty of cocktails! Now, back at home, and back to my exercise/diet routine, but my body isn’t having any of it! I have only lost 1lb!Oh, well. It was an enjoyable time!!

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