You Won't Believe How Much Food Gets Made On a Cruise

Jo Piazza
Managing Editor
August 9, 2014

We take you behind the scenes of a cruise ship galley. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

Serious cruisers hold one truth to be self-evident—you’ll never be hungry on a cruise. From the endless buffets to the opulent fine-dining restaurants, cruise ships offer plentiful options for culinary indulgence. While it may seem like the food just magically appears, the galley is a bustling hive of activity 24 hours a day. 

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On an average day the galley kitchen prepares over 10,000 dishes for the 2,500 guests and 900 crew members.

The ship can prepare as many as 80 gallons of soup in a day. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

In one week the cruise will go through 825 pounds of lobster, 575 pounds of cookies, 3,500 pounds of sugar, 9,000 liters of beer, 9,127 pounds of beef and 48,270 liters of milk.

 Galley pastry chefs make 350 of each kind of pastry. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

Here are some of the other consumption figures, based on an average seven-day cruise:

That’s quite the grocery list. (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

They bake 6,000 rolls of bread in a single day on this ship. (Photo: Jo Piazza)

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