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Cruising Cuisine

July 5, 2023

What’s Been On My Plate recently?

Mike and I took a 10-day cruise to Papua New Guinea in June. It was a ‘spur of the moment’ thing as we have a major European holiday booked for November, later this year. However, as it was a great deal and we had celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in April, we thought ‘why, not? Isn’t part of being retired having the time to take the opportunities for travel (or anything) as they arise? If you are interested in reading about the cruise you can read my take on Cruising Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.

Cruising Cuisine

What I enjoy about cruising is you unpack once, you visit new places and you can relax and unwind. The food choices on a cruise are plentiful. From a buffet style with service (due to changes made during the pandemic), to dining in the numerous restaurants for a three-course meal or just vegging out by the pool with a burger, fries, pizza, morning or afternoon teas or an ice cream.

The downside of course is there is far too much food on offer and if in ‘holiday mode’ willpower may not be as strong. There is of course a gym on board if you want to work off those calories or you can power walk the decks and take the stairs rather than the elevator.

So,What has actually been on my plate?

We mixed up our days depending on what we felt like and also tried some local fare during the tours. Lots of Kumu (edible green vegetables), Kaukau (sweet potato), Taro (root vegetable), Fish, Chicken and fruits such as bananas and coconuts and their byproducts such as coconut cream and coconut oil.


Breakfast was always in the Pantry a bit like a Food Court. From cereal, fruit, yogurt, bacon and eggs, asian style greens and rice, pancakes, muffins and the like there was heaps to choose from. I enjoyed the overnight oats with fruit and as we had taken the drinks package we could enjoy ‘real coffee’ whilst checking out the onboard activties for the day! That pretty much was my staple to start my day.

Lunch was usually back to the Pantry for a sandwich or salad.

We kept lunches low key although you could still have three-course meals if you wanted them.


We had a couple of nights in the Pantry and then several nights in three different restaurants – Angelo’s, the Waterfront and Dragon Lady. As expected, the restaurant meals were superior in quality and we enjoyed all of our restaurant meals. The meals in these three restaurants are included in the cruise fare but they offer ‘specialty’ dishes which you can pay for plus there were a couple of Specialty Restaurants you could book at a price. For us, there was more than enough options for our taste buds. We ordered the three courses at each dinner and of course we tasted each other’s dishes!

Angelo’s – Live la doce vita!

Warming traditional dishes with a delicious modern twist. Surrounded by images of Latin legends captured by one of Italy’s most famous photographers, Angelo Frontoni, the restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy la dolce vita as you indulge in a meal to remember.

The Waterfront

A modern Australian restaurant serving up a sophisticated selection of both classic dishes and cutting edge cuisine.

Dragon Lady

Asian cuisine with a twist of Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian or Japanese recipes to select on the menu The restaurant has an ‘exotic’ feel with dark timbers, mood lighting creating an intimate atmosphere.

So, that’s what has been on my plate lately? What’s been on yours?

Sue Loncaric

I’m linking up as usual to join the What’s On Your Plate? Blog Challenging co-hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and DebThe Widow Badass. Take some time to pop over and see what’s been on their plate during the month

Also joining in with Denyse Whelan for her weekly #WednesdaysWordsandPics

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  • Reply Toni Pike July 5, 2023 at 07:49

    Looks fantastic, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:58

      The food was delicious, Toni. Lucky I went to the gym a few days x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 5, 2023 at 08:06

    Looks like you’ve been dining well! Esp the tiramasu

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:58

      It was all delicious Lydia. Lucky there was a gym LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Cathy July 5, 2023 at 12:24

    Nothing as good as yours😊
    We really enjoy ‘’cruise fare’ because we can experience types of food we wouldn’t at home.
    Thanks for sharing Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 09:59

      Hi Cathy, the only problem coming home is you have to prepare your own meals LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply marsha57 July 5, 2023 at 12:26

    Oh, all of this food looks so delicious and interesting at the same time! We have been eating a lot of chicken salad on sourdough bread with vegetables for sides. We just got a griddle (as opposed to a grill) and griddle lots of chicken and vegetables. But, nothing compares to your meals on your cruise!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:00

      Sounds like you’ve been eating very healty Marsha. The meals on the cruise were delicious but towards the end I was craving some ‘normal home cooking’ x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections July 5, 2023 at 12:56

    Hi, Sue – This food all looks so amazing that I honestly would not know where to begin or what to choose. Good to know that there are multiple excerices opportunities on board! I am delighted that you and Mike had such a wonderful cruise — very, very well-deserved!
    Thank you for being a regular at ‘What’s On Your Plate?’. It is VERY appreciated!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:00

      Too much to choose from, Donna and hard to say ‘no’! x

  • Reply Vanessa July 5, 2023 at 15:42

    Oh that looks good. Lots of slow cooked chicken with mash/potato bake and veggies at the moment. It’s nice to enjoy that food when it’s cool enough.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:01

      I love a slow cook and it is perfect for our winter weather here. They are so easy because you just set and forget. x

  • Reply leannelc July 5, 2023 at 16:39

    All the food looks amazing and I can see why people put on weight when they go on a cruise. I’m also so impressed when people take photographs of their food – it’s something I never think to do (and I rarely eat anything worth taking a picture of!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:01

      I’m not really good at taking photos of food but each meal looked so delicious I had to take some shots. x

  • Reply Bernadette July 5, 2023 at 20:40

    Lots of deliciousness in these pics.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:02

      Certainly was, Bernadette. Lucky I went to the gym on the at sea days LOL 🙂 xx

  • Reply Joanne July 5, 2023 at 21:08

    Such a yummy trip! I totally agree that it’s so hard to practice self- restraint while cruising and having, what often feel like, unlimited access to so many treats and delicious foods.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:03

      Hi Joanne, lucky there is a gym onboard. I do admit that by the end I was craving a normal home cooked meal. x

  • Reply Janine July 7, 2023 at 02:59

    Oh gosh – so many temptations. I wouldn’t stop eating if I went on a cruise,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:04

      It’s hard the first few days, Janine but after a while you really just want a home cooked meal. I also went to the gym when I could to make up for my loss of self control LOL 🙂 x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 7, 2023 at 04:06

    All of the food choices look very tempting, Sue! We haven’t been on a cruise for many years, but we did use to love them for much of the same reasons you pointed out. Now that I am retired, and we can spend more time traveling, we want to try another cruise for sure.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 7, 2023 at 10:05

      The food was tempting, Christie but I did crave a home cooked meal towards the end. We love cruising and are booked for our first River Cruise in November. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Hosts A Weekly Blog Link Up on Wednesdays. July 7, 2023 at 15:52

    Having lots to select from I can see why some people who cruise…find it a bit overwhelming. You selected well and I am glad you enjoyed a spur of the moment trip!! It was great to see you link up a post this week for Wednesdays Words and Pics on Denyse Whelan Blogs to Connect. Thank you so much and I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

  • Reply Supraja Lakshmi N July 14, 2023 at 17:39

    This is a mouthwatering article about cruising cuisine. You have shared some of the delicious and diverse dishes that you enjoyed on your cruise, and the photos are amazing. I like how you described the quality and variety of the food, and how it catered to different tastes and preferences. Thank you for sharing your experience and opinion of cruising cuisine. It sounds like a great way to indulge and treat yourself!

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