Lonely Planet Writer

Hop on board the world's first ocean cruise with a totally vegan menu

While cruises often have a reputation as a place where travellers can relax and indulge – frequently at a well-stocked buffet – a new cruise is focused on giving vegans a healthy and plant-based trip through the fjords of Norway.

Geiranger fjord, Beautiful Nature Norway. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch off of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord).
A new cruise will cater to vegans and travel through Norway’s fjords. Image by Anton Petrus/Getty Images

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced a new cruise that will include a 100% vegan menu, meaning guests will be able to enjoy an animal product-free diet while on board. In addition to the vegan diet, there will also be wellness programs on board that will include yoga and Pilates classes. If guests want to learn even more about leading a vegan lifestyle, the on-board activities will include things like making vegan toothpaste or vegan cheese. There will also be guest speakers on vegan and healthy lifestyles, including Melanie Joy, Dr Michael Greger, Julieanna Hever and Wendy Turner Webster.

A selection of figs, blueberries and redcurrants between slices of cheesecake and scattered with coconut shavings.
A vegan cruise aims to bring together like-minded travellers. Image by Enrique Díaz / 7cero / Getty Images

While the company generally runs adults-only cruises, this one is open to families. The sailing is in association with Vegan Travel and the company says it is the first ocean cruise for vegans, allowing them the chance to spend time with like-minded people and enjoy the beauty of Norway’s fjords. The cruise runs from 25 September to 2 October, 2017, and travellers can find out more here.

Cruises in Norway are a popular way to explore the country’s incredible coastline and world-famous fjords. With so many people wanting to see them with their own eyes, there are new plans for a zero-emission passenger ship that will launch in 2018, taking travellers to see the fjords without impacting the environment. And if you’re looking to travel around Europe as a vegan, recent research has found the most vegan-friendly cities around the continent, with Amsterdam coming out on top.