All-inclusive cruises are among the most affordable ways to take a vacation, letting you sail away to far off destinations. Cruise passengers who require a special diet, such as vegan or vegetarian meal options, will be relieved to know several independent and major cruise lines can accommodate those dietary requirements quite well.
Vegan River Cruises
Based in Germany, Vegan Travel Ltd. runs vegan river cruises that travel along some of Europe’s major rivers, including the Rhine and the Danube. Passengers can make arrival and departure arrangements themselves, or you can have Vegan Travel make all arrangements, including booking airfare and hotel stays for the cruise’s ports of call. These river cruises visit a variety of countries, depending on the voyage. Port of call cities have included Amsterdam, Antwerp, Vienna, Austria and Budapest. Cruise prices include all vegan meals, and ship cabins feature French balconies, large picture windows and spacious sundecks.
Holistic Holiday at Sea
The Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise is arranged annually by a health and educational foundation, A Taste of Health. These seven-day cruises feature much more than delicious, gourmet vegan meals. Passengers have the opportunity to attend vegan cooking classes, workshops and lectures, as well as participate in meditation sessions, Pilates and yoga classes, and deep Zen massage therapy. Cruises are aboard an MSC fleet ship and visit Caribbean destinations such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Cruises with Sanctuary Retreats travel to locations such as Egypt and China. All meals prepared aboard these luxury cruises are tailored to meet passengers’ requirements, including vegan and vegetarian options. Cruise lengths will depend on the destination. Nile and Yangtze river cruises last three to four nights, while Irrawaddy River cruises may last for 10 to 11 nights. Sanctuary Retreats’ all-inclusive cruises include accommodations; excursions; and all meals, beer, wines and soft drinks.
Maple Leaf Adventures
Maple Leaf Adventures sails several times a year to locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and the Queen Charlotte Islands, also known as Haida Gwaii or the “Canadian Galapagos” archipelago. Maple Leaf Adventures has multiday cruises that cater to vegetarians and vegans — and the tour company’s senior captain is a vegetarian himself. All meals, desserts and snacks are made from scratch by the on-board chef, and these intimate tall-ship excursions last from five to 11 days.
Vegan Options with Major Cruise Lines
Major cruises lines — including Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America and Princess — continue to add more vegan meal options than ever before. While you may not find many vegan options in a cruise ship’s buffet line, you can notify the cruise line’s ship services department by online form or by phone about your special dietary needs and request vegan menu options. Cruise ship chefs are very willing to accommodate their passengers by preparing quality salads, vegetarian sushi, tofu, egg-free pastas, steamed rice, fresh veggies and fruits, and veggie burgers — make sure to request these without the egg yolk. International cuisines such as Indian, Mediterranean and Thai foods may work for your vegan diet, as well.