Me: How about joining navy?
Dad: Don’t even think about it, they have to survive on bread and butter.
There are thousand wise things to be told, but all boiling down to the taste of tongue! It would be good to go on a ship,but living on bread and butter isn’t a good idea at all. Fishes? No.
Being a vegetarian complexity increases manifold, before joining Merchant Marine it was one of the most important aspects I was interested in. Thankfully after 6 years in service, I am left with nothing other than all praises for the great food I’ve always experienced.
Cuisines vary as per the different crewmembers and their Nationalities, The ships employing Multinationals may have a fixed continental cuisine, but crewmembers are always free to enjoy the food of their own choice. Food is one of the top priorities of shipping companies and they spend substantial amount of money for providing healthy and fresh food materials.
A ship involved in International trade may typically sail for a duration of 7-10 days at an average, but this may go to a month at a stretch too! Fresh vegetables can survive up to 10-15 days in refrigerated rooms, Meat and Fish may extend up to months. And there is no issue with dry provisions. Vegetables and fruits are usually topped up at various ports on regular basis, on very few occasions refregirated vegetables have to be used. Contrary to the general belief of struggle for food on ships, Food on ships is always maintained high in quality, one of the reasons that add up is also the various international conventions,regulations and frequent inspections that Merchant ships have to undergo at various ports across the world. Moreover while on shore across various countries you can enjoy a vast range cuisines, and live your all foody dreams!
If you are interested in life at sea, food should not be something you need to be worried about!
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