Here Are The Cruise Ship Foods That Can Make You Sick

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Going on a cruise is a lot of fun. All the drinks, Shows, and of course the food. But you know what the worst part about a cruise is? Missing most of your vacation because you got sick from something you ate on the boat. With the close quarters of the boat, illness can spread quickly, even if you're using the hand sanitizer non-stop. So you need to know what foods to avoid on a cruse so you don't have bubble guts.

  • Unpasteurized foods- Unpasteurized milk and cheeses can contain dangerous bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria, so beware.

  • Water- Avoid tap water and stick to bottles, especially in the ports.

  • Steak- Harmful bacteria may not be eliminated if hot foods aren’t cooked and maintained at 140-degrees.

  • Condiments- Along with sauces, these may be left sitting out for a long time, which makes it easier for bacteria to grow.

  • Seafood- It’s risky on a ship because of its quick expiration dates and storage requirements, and you don’t want to take a chance you’ll miss any of the fun with your cruise because you dared to eat the seafood.

  • Sushi- Raw foods should be stored at at least 40-degrees, and if it’s been sitting out on a buffet for a long time, you may want to pass on the sushi.


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