Yet, how does one sample everything a cruise ship has to offer, without going overboard and getting diners' fatigue?
He notes that it is important to space out diners' meals and keep the high-protein options for the middle part of the cruise. "Don’t give them too much protein or high-energy food on the first few days, or they will feel tired fast because the food is too heavy," he says.
Breakfast of champions
It might be tempting to reach for strips of crispy bacon, or pile your plate with juicy sausages. But chef Nilo advises against filling your stomach with such greasy food in the morning. "If you feel too full, you won't be able to enjoy the rest of the meals later on. It's still early, so relax, take it slow," he says.
For lunch, chef Nilo is careful to make sure the menu doesn't overlap with what is being served for dinner. For instance, he shares that the kitchen should not serve beef courses for both meals, back-to-back. Lunch is when he recommends filling up on greens to give an energy boost for the day, and dressing it in fat-free olive oil. It's also the best time to indulge in deep-fried items for those craving a bit of crunch.
"Lunch is when I'll have some fried food, like fish and chips with a glass of cold beer," says chef Nilo with a chuckle. To assuage any guilt, he shares how certain ships under Princess Cruises use a state-of-the-art heat wave oven that creates the same texture of fried food, sans the oil. Fish, for instance, is wrapped in filo pastry and put inside the oven to be heated up until the shell crisps up and the fish remains tender and juicy.
You've had your lunch and enjoyed a dip in one of the five pools. Now, it's not quite dinner yet but your stomach is hungry for a little something. This is when chef Nilo recommends filling up on some noodle soup or a light afternoon tea of some cakes and pastries served canapé-style. "For noodles, you can ask for egg-less, or buckwheat or wheat noodles with no gluten so it is not too heavy. If you are craving something to eat and just want to fill your stomach but not too much, have a nice hot broth, like a wonton soup, in between meals to tide over the hunger pangs," he says.
Meat For Dinner
Dinner is when people are ready to sit back and indulge in heavier meals, such as a steak with a side of roasted potatoes.
A Stroll Before Supper
After dinner, take a walk around the deck and stretch those leg muscles a little. Before sleeping, chef Nilo always enjoys some fresh fruits and a nice cup of hot tea. "Fresh fruits helps you to digest the food better at night and balance out your stomach juices so you don't feel bloated before you sleep," he says. A great way to end the night and start a new day ready to feast again.
Princess Cruises will be at the NATAS Travel Fair from 11 to 13 August 2017. For special rates on their 3 to 12 Nights Southeast Asia sailings, Princess Cruises is offering free gratuities for the first two guests, and the third and fourth guests cruise from S$199. Fares start from $599 each. Promotion is valid until 30 September 2017.