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How was the food in Antarctica? Sea Explorer Food Review.

When you choose a trip to Antarctica, you’re going for the experience of being at the bottom of the world. The pictures, videos and actually being there is also pretty awesome. All those factors included … the most popular questions I’ve been asked since I came back from the ship …

How was the food on the ship?
How was the food in Antarctica?

These are pretty straightforward questions, given that you’re on a ship for 6-8 days. You should know how the food is going to be and in the end, my opinion of the food was very, very good.  There is a bit of a disclaimer though … my food experience on the ship was a bit different because the Jamaican chef and the Guyanese maitre d’ happened to make it a very, very good trip for me. Those guys understood what I wanted from day 1 and I pretty much had my own custom meal every day on board.

Here’s the day 1 menu.

On the second day, we had a BBQ onboard, as it was actually warmer on the ship than in Toronto at the same time … we had a reading of 14C.


If you’re wondering how the BBQ was done …

The Jamaican Head Chef was a BOSS!!!!
The line up definitely says it all …

… I had custom meals everyday, hence your opinion might differ.

BBQ Menu

On the third day, it was back to the usual. I did find that there wasn’t a lot of fresh salads and vegetables on the cruise. This makes sense though, since everything has to be flown in from the mainland and I don’t recall seeing a lot of salads in Punta Arenas.

Food on the 3rd day
Day 5 Menu

After the first three days, you’ve come to expect what the menus are going to look like. If you’re not a fan of dairy, then you need to tell them up front on your food questionnaire. They definitely tried to make it up to me. I even got a typical West Indian fish curry and that fish curry was damn good! Narendra was the Maitre D’ and he was one of the best I’ve seen in such restrictive circumstances.

There’s Narendra in the black! Kudos to him for getting the West Indian food for me all the way!!! Brap!!!

I even had a chance to sit in on the team meetings and see how he orchestrated the restaurant crew. He’s definitely a high class professional.

Day 4 Menu
Day 5 menu
Day 6 Menu

During the final days crossing the Drake Passage, there were many people eating and I certainly didn’t head up to eat as I was completely sea sick during the crossing. As you can see from the menus, everything was well labelled and they did their absolute best to ensure that anyone with an allergy would be accommodated.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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  • Nathan Pritchard

    In the last paragraph, I think you meant “there weren’t many people eating,” which I can vouch for! I didn’t get affected too bad, but Amy didn’t spend much time in the dining room until we got to the Beagle Passage.

  • Antartica:
    Antartica:

    When I first arrived in Antarctica, I was surprised that whenever any one went out for a trip – a few hours or all day – they only ever took chocolate bars to eat. I was most unimpressed with how unhealthy this was, so when I went on my first trip I made some wholesome and nutritious sandwiches (tuna and mayonnaise on wholemeal bread – I remember it well).
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