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The aim of this article is to show that on board Victoria Cruises ships, provide the necessary and impeccable gastronomic care that residents with different eating habits are used to is no problem.

When traveling away from home, it can be a problem if you have special dietary requirements, whether due to religious beliefs, health reasons, or other considerations. In any case, I myself have often felt ashamed or a little discriminated against in hotels and restaurants when I have made my special needs known to the staff because of my complex food intolerance. You know the situation, don't you?

I have also found, regretfully, that in many places, if there are optional choices for guests with special dietary requirements, they are either much less tasty and varied, or they cost extra to prepare. Respect for the exceptions, of course!

Well, the good news is that on board Victoria Cruises’ luxury ocean cruise houseboats, this is no longer a problem for you either, as you can have whatever you want on the basic all-inclusive basis, by prior arrangement, at no extra cost! Sounds fabulous, doesn't it? 

Let's take a look at some examples:

  1. Food allergy and/or food intolerance:

A food allergy is when a certain food or several foods trigger an allergic response in the body.

The symptoms can be mild to severe, similar to general allergy symptoms.

The most common are 20 allergens: 

  • egg protein, 

  • cow's milk, 

  • cod, shellfish

  • wheat flour, 

  • peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts

  • soya beans, 

  • tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, celery

  • oranges, apples, bananas, peaches, kiwi

  • sesame seeds, 

  • beef.

Food intolerance is caused by intestinal problems. 

Its main symptoms occur several hours after eating the food:

  • abdominal distention, 

  • diarrhea, 

  • intestinal gas, 

  • hay fever, 

  • chronic fatigue, 

  • headache, migraine, 

  • joint pain

  • skin problems: acne, acne, eczema, contact allergy, hives.

For guests with these conditions, we ensure that the right ingredients are provided and that meals are prepared properly and professionally as requested, without the use of milk, eggs, gluten, soya, sugar, corn and potato starch or refined wheat flour.

  1. Religious dietary habits

For our Jewish guests:

We can ensure that the observance of the Kashrut dietary laws is maintained on board the ship. Victoria Cruises will provide you with everything that meets your dietary requirements, i.e., kosher, and we will prepare your traditional meals in the most regular way possible.

For our Catholic guests: 

During your long cruise, you don't need to worry about the traditional dishes for your religious holidays, just make an appointment and we will bring the traditional delicacies you are used to on board to your table on that holiday!

For our Islamic guests: 

Food is one of God's greatest blessings, and Victoria Cruises will ensure you enjoy the "allowed" and "good" food according to religious standards!

Pork, or any part of it, wild boar, blood, meat from dead animals and all alcoholic, intoxicating beverages are forbidden, but the imaginary buffet table of the ocean is overflowing with a selection of permitted seafood. Our award-winning chef will prepare the dishes you want, using ingredients freshly sourced from local fishermen in the ports of the various regions.

  1. Plant-based diets

For our passengers following a plant-based diet, we also provide impeccable gastronomic delights.

The best-known branches of veganism and vegetarianism are, but not limited to:

1. Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet: dairy products and eggs are also consumed.

2. Lacto-vegetarian diet: dairy products are consumed alongside plant-based foods.

3. Ovo-vegetarian diet: eggs are allowed in addition to vegetables.

4. Flexible or ex-vegetarian diet: small amounts of animal products are allowed in addition to plant-based foods.

5. Pescatarian diet: based on the pescatarian diet, which includes fish in addition to vegetable products. Origin: Italian word "pesce" meaning fish.

6. Vegan diet: excludes all foods and products of animal origin (milk, eggs, fish, meat, some even include honey).

  1. Diets, fitness diets, weight loss programs

You’ll have no problem keeping a healthy and fit lifestyle during your big adventure! In addition to our on-board sports facilities open around the clock, we'll take care of your dietary needs, too! If you are forced to follow a particular diet for health reasons, we are also your partner in ensuring that you stick to it.

Whether it's:

  • Paleo: excludes all processed foods, based primarily on fruits, vegetables, eggs, seeds and meat.

  • Ketogenic, vegan ketogenic, or Atkins-diet: a high fat, very low carbohydrate diet.

  • A low-fat diet is the opposite of the former. High quality carbohydrates can be combined with low fat foods.

  • Zone: the idea is to keep hormone balance in the most ideal zone, with each meal containing of 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat.

  • Intermittent fasting: 16/8 is the most popular, but there are also 20/4 or 24/24 fasts.

  • Alkalizing diet: takes into account the alkalizing, acidifying effect of food.

  • Candida diet: avoids all foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, yeast and fungi for health reasons.

  • Blood type diet: involves eating the ideal and supportive foods for your blood type.

  • Macrobiotic, Organic diet: uses locally grown, natural ingredients and avoids processed, artificial foods.

Of course, we can satisfy any other gastronomic needs not listed here by prior appointment and discussion.

All you need to do is to specify your criteria when booking or immediately afterwards by email here:

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Written by: Vivien Eva Horvath


Author: Vivien H.

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