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Sep 30, 2009 09:05 AM

eating out on a cruise and other traif places

We are planning on taking a cruise and are trying to figure out different eating options. I was hoping that I could get some ideas from this group. When we went before we had then double wrap salmon. We had baked potatoes that are cooked in a special potato only oven. We had rice from a rice cooker. We were tempted by the french fries since that too was the only thing cooked and the oil was kosher. A friend told me that they had eggs cooked in tin foil but that were not any good. Steamed vegetables would be nice but are likely problematic. Lettuce, tomato salads would work too. Bagels, lox , cottage cheese, cream cheese and tuna are all kosher.

I am interested in getting recipe/eating ideas - things like baked scrambled eggs, pasta etc.


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  1. I had friends who brought a small skillet and spatula from home and had the chef prepare eggs for them. They didn't use any vegetables or cheese, just had him crack fresh eggs into the pan.

    When I cruised with my family several years ago, the waiter offered different types of fish to be triple wrapped in foil. He also offered sweet potatoes, and fingerlings, as an option to regular baked potatoes.

    Whatever else you choose to eat is up to you. Really it depends on what you'll eat that's not prepared in a kosher kitchen. Seems like you have a lot of options- especially for breakfast.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      I was told the fish on the foil is not ok because a Jew has to light the flame or participate in the cooking process for it to be kosher.
      any input?

      1. re: paulajs

        You need to talk to your Rabbi about issues this nuanced.

        1. re: paulajs

          You were told correctly, but it's easily solved: just ask to put it in the oven yourself.

      2. Not the answer you're looking for, but since the point of a cruise is effortlessness (not having to pack/unpack between destinations, ready access to meals) why not consider the Kosher options? They offer Kosher food packages for a variety of cruise offerings.

        1. From what I've heard from friends and relatives who've gone on non-Kosher cruises, breakfast is never a problem; cereal, fruit, yogurt. For the other meals, the cruiseline they were on had packaged know, airline food. And they said it wasn't bad. They were on one of the Alaska cruises - not sure if all the lines offer Kosher packaged meals. Call them to check!

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          1. re: DebbyT

            I think all the major lines offer the frozen meals, and most will try to accommodate you so that you can have some non-packaged food.

          2. A number of organizations sponsor kosher cruises. You can eat real food instead of frozen meals.

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            1. re: chuck

              Yes, for twice the price of a non-kosher cruise.

            2. I never understood how it would be worth it to someone to go on a cruise and eat airline food when others around you are stuffing their faces. Isn't one of the main draws of the cruise, the constant eating?