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    Hi Guys,

    I'm an aspiring cadet and I don't eat meat. I'm not a full-on vegetarian as I regularly eat fish and seafood.

    I'm not militant, it's just the way I was brought up (just as most meat-eaters eat meat because that was the way they were brought up).

    Will I have problems with my diet at sea? or are shipping companies accommodating to reasonable dietary requirements.

    And no, before you ask I have never eaten a bacon sandwich in my life (you don't miss what you've never had).

    Thanks.

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    Re: Pescetarian

    what about bacon crispies potato snacks... they're suitable for vegans?
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    • #3
      Re: Pescetarian

      Yeah I could eat them (being as suitable for vegans means not containing meat or animal products) but I probably wouldn't as I expect they taste like crap.

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      • #4
        Re: Pescetarian

        Originally posted by Semi-Veggie
        Yeah I could eat them (being as suitable for vegans means not containing meat or animal products) but I probably wouldn't as I expect they taste like crap.
        indeed they do...

        now to answer your question...

        i can't imagine this being much of a problem... are you boxboats or pax?
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        • #5
          Re: Pescetarian

          I don't know what type of ship, I am seriously considering applying for entry in 2011 or 2012 and I'm currently doing research into the industry/training. I think I'd take Box Boats over PAX though.

          Diet was something that crossed my mind as something that might be a problem for me at sea.

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          • #6
            Re: Pescetarian

            Alternatively, you could just "learn" to eat meat and simplify your life; if most people can push themselves through a quorn sausage or a salad, anyone else can easily learn to eat steak or drumsticks.
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            • #7
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              certain cultures may view this as odd as meat is a Luxury to some
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              • #8
                Re: Pescetarian

                I don't think meat is classed a "luxury" on ships (remembering Cheify's reports of beef every day of the week for example); and the "cultures" who might find this odd are probably in a minority with crews you'll work with (i.e. mainly a few Indians, but I would imagine that you're probably unlikely to work with Indians who aren't officers).

                As an aside, from what I read, "pescatarianism" is the healthiest diet of all...


                In response to the OP...

                Originally posted by Semi-Veggie
                Will I have problems with my diet at sea? or are shipping companies accommodating to reasonable dietary requirements.
                Probably a matter of talking to the chef and perhaps getting a portion of the same slop without the meat

                Originally posted by Semi-Veggie
                And no, before you ask I have never eaten a bacon sandwich in my life (you don't miss what you've never had).
                Have one, and then you'll miss it.
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                • #9
                  Re: Pescetarian

                  Depending on the ships you end up sailing on will depend on how easy this is to achieve. As most european ships will accomodate europeans who are predominantly meat eaters then there is plenty of meat and it isnt seen as a luxury, unless you count salmon and lobster tails for christmas, steak isexpensive but as we buy beef and the cook can turn it into steak, mince and even dinner

                  The fruit and veg can be a bit problematical on cargo ships, as the quality isnt always the best and the quantity can get muddled up as "most" caro boats dont carry a catering officer but the captain and cook work in tandem for food ordering based on projected time between stroes "cheapest" store port etc etc.

                  However as the trend is for far east ratings (crew) who like to live on rice and fish we dont normally run out of those (but it can happen!)

                  You'll manage but unless it is a relegious issue or medical one I would learn to eat a little meat, not every day or every meal but it will open up your options from cheese toasties or beans and toast etc
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