Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "P - Z" > Royal Caribbean International
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Royal Caribbean International
- Read thousands of Royal Caribbean Cruise Reviews
- Compare the best Royal Caribbean Cruise Deals
- Write a Royal Caribbean Cruise Review
- Find Your Royal Caribbean Roll Call
See posts about:
Adventure of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas
Independence of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas
Splendour of the Seas

Allure of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas
Radiance of the Seas
Vision of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas
Legend of the Seas
Navigator of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas
Grandeur of the Seas
Liberty of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas
Serenade of the Seas

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:49 PM
foxesden1's Avatar
foxesden1 foxesden1 is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Westcoast USA
Posts: 3,507
Default Pre Diabetic diet and carb counting in the MDR

How does one do it? Do you pre order the night before, or just take a stab at what ever is served?

I know the WJ is easy because you can pick and choose, but in the MDR - how does it work?

Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:54 PM
Scotty G's Avatar
Scotty G Scotty G is online now
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Viera, Florida
Posts: 2,607

I order off the menu based on my knowledge of carb and sugar content. Not that hard to do.
Ian and Linda
RCI Crown and Anchor - Diamond Plus (427)
Celebrity Captains Club - Elite (408)

Cunard-White Star MV Georgic July 1951 Southampton - NYC; family from Fife to America; Song of America May '96, '97 & '98 Bermuda; Nordic Empress May '99, Jun '01 Bermuda; Sovereign of the Seas May & Nov '00, Apr & Nov '01, Oct '03, May '04, Nov '05, Jun '07, Mar '08 The Bahamas; Monarch of the Seas Jan '03 Central Caribbean, Apr, Jun, Nov '09 B2B, Apr, Sep, Nov, Dec '10, Apr, Sep '11, Jan, May, Jun, Sep (x2), Oct '12 The Bahamas; Mar/Apr '13, Farewell Week Cruises; Celebrity Horizon Oct '04, Bermuda; Mariner of the Seas May & Oct '08 E. & W. Caribbean; Freedom of the Seas Oct '09 E. Caribbean, May '11, April '12, Dec '13,Sep/Oct '14 W. Caribbean; Jewel of the Seas Jan '10 & Jan '11 Ultimate Caribbean, Nov and Dec '11; Feb/Mar '12 Western Caribbean; Celebrity Equinox Feb '12, 10 night; Dec '12, Nov, '14, 11 night - Ultimate Caribbean; Enchantment of the Seas Apr/May, Jul, Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec '13, Mar/Apr '14 - The Bahamas; Brilliance of the Seas Feb '14 Western Caribbean, B2B; Celebrity Constellation Apr '14, Western Caribbean; Vision of the Seas May '14, Western Caribbean; Aug '14, Bermuda and The Bahamas; Explorer of the Seas Dec '14 - The Bahamas, Legend of the Seas Feb '15, Lesser Antilles

Most Recent: Enchantment of the Seas Mar '15 - The Bahamas


Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:54 PM
cb at sea cb at sea is online now
50,000+ Club
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Fredericksburg, va. USA
Posts: 66,169

You should have a pretty good idea of how each food rates, for your condition...and you can choose accordingly.
If you need something special (salt-free, etc..) and contact the special needs dept., they will tell you each evening the things you may choose from for the next day.
But, really, you should have a list of how many carbs, etc...are in the foods you like...and you should know what a "serving size" is...
I'm sure you've been in touch with a dietician that has given you info on food you can and shouldn't eat!
Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:00 PM
Cheerysmom's Avatar
Cheerysmom Cheerysmom is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hudson, NH
Posts: 978

As the other posters have said it is possible and not that difficult to do in the main dining room. I often ask for two (non-carb) vegetables instead of the potato - and they can always scrounge up some broccoli . .. and you can have the sauces on the side. Don't be afraid to substitute! But it does take some basic knowledge of what you can and cannot eat.

Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:05 PM
foxesden1's Avatar
foxesden1 foxesden1 is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Westcoast USA
Posts: 3,507

ya I am still learning. quite new to this in fact. a light just clicked this week, in regards to carbs making me feel well gross.
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:11 PM
pcur's Avatar
pcur pcur is offline
10,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Valley, CA
Posts: 10,389

I got in the habit of eating low carb when my husband was diagnosed as P-D about 10 years ago. I am better at it than he is!

It's really quite easy in the main dining room. Eat the appetizer and salad. Order non-cream soups (milk based cream soups are high carb). Don't eat the starch that comes with your dinner (rice, pasta, potatoe). The entree itself is high protein.

Eat the dessert!! They are small portions, but even then skip the ice cream or whipped cream desserts.

Now the dinner rolls are a problem. We sometimes tell the assistant waiter to just not bring the rolls to our table at all.

Next up: Equinox and Allure in 2015. Yay!!.

Last edited by pcur; February 23rd, 2011 at 05:11 PM.
Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:16 PM
MCC retired's Avatar
MCC retired MCC retired is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brooksville FL
Posts: 2,328

Yeah, sugar is pretty easy to avoid in the MDR menu bot those carbs are the tuff thing to control.
Knowledge of what carbs affect you to most , comes with time and lots of finger sticks.
One positve about MDR food & Diabetes is portion control . Realistic portions that are good for you are served in the MDR . The buffets are exactly the opposite for me.
Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:41 PM
jackretired's Avatar
jackretired jackretired is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2010
Location: AR
Posts: 2,718

Bring a cheat sheet, food/serving/carb, with you.
Order fresh berries for desert.





Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:56 PM
Langley Cruisers Langley Cruisers is offline
10,000+ Club
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 14,489

Originally Posted by foxesden1 View Post
How does one do it? Do you pre order the night before, or just take a stab at what ever is served?
You do not have to pre-order. You must have a basic knowledge of your food groups, carbs, which choices are high-medium-low glycemic index, and so on. I would strongly recommend diabetic counselling if you haven't taken it already. It may be available at your local hospital on an out-patient basis, or your doctor may have to set it up. I strongly urge you do this - it will help you make informed choices and soon enough you will be able to guesstimate the carb content in your meals. I took the counselling and it saved my life, literally. I have lost 50 pounds, my blood pressure is lower, my blood glucose levels are under control, and the doctor cut my diabetes medicine by half. Hallelujah!

Fruit is pure carbs; although most of us think of it as a healthy option, eat fruit sparingly is my advice. Veggies (except corn, peas, and potatoes) are basically "free" food. Enjoy them as you will. Protein is usually low carb: cheese, meat, fish. But do watch that you are careful as obviously, cheese is a higher fat option. I have been enjoying nuts; almonds are delicious, and any mixed nut (just read your label). Eat these sparingly too though, as they are high fat.

On my last two cruises, I allowed myself one portion of carbohydrates; I declined the bread/rolls, potato, rice, and pasta - and went for the sugar-free dessert. There is always one sugar-free option each night and it's delicious.

Enjoy your cruise and try not to stress out. I thought it would be difficult having so many choices, but turns out this was exactly what I needed - choices.

Have fun.

Up next:

Celebrity to Alaska May 2015
RCI - Serenade of the Seas 2015 - a planned family vacation if son is not in medical school this year

Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:

RCI - Explorer of the Seas Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage
Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade of the Seas March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean

RCI - Serenade of the Seas Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - 30th Anniversary! - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance of the Seas June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner of the Seas Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis of the Seas May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer of the Seas Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty of the Seas August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer of the Seas April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision of the Seas Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:31 PM
Bothofus Bothofus is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Havre de Grace, Maryland
Posts: 332

Carb counting is much easier than calorie counting. DH is diabetic, but controls it entirely by eating a reduced carb diet and NO sugar. We started out doing Atkins years ago, which really taught us carb counting. We no longer do actual Atkins, but have maintained the low to moderate carb lifestyle. I agree that those sugar-free desserts are awesome!

No diet is easy on a cruise, though.

Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:53 PM
ehfl ehfl is offline
5,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 5,983

On the RCL website, on your profile, you should select the low carb menu.

It's pretty easy to order low carb items from the main menu. Just order the low carb foods, which should be easy to identify if you are on a low carb diet. If you have questions, just ask your waiter.
Reply With Quote

Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:56 PM
foxesden1's Avatar
foxesden1 foxesden1 is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Westcoast USA
Posts: 3,507

Reply With Quote



Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:08 PM.

© 1995 - 2015, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.