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Are there Overeaters Anonymous meetings on cruise ships?

Dear Editors,

Are there Overeaters Anonymous meetings on cruise ships?

Bill


Hi Bill,

Considering cruise ships have gluttonous amounts of food, Overeaters Anonymous meetings should certainly be offered onboard! You are going to have to channel your inner health nut during the cruise, though, because these meetings aren’t available.

That said, cruise ships do cater to vacationers’ health needs in other ways. If you have special dietary needs, you can let the cruise line know when you book, and they’ll make sure your needs are met. If calories are your main concern, even the buffets have healthy options. One thing that always helps me on vacation is writing down everything I eat. It keeps you in check!

All cruise ships also offer activities that will get your blood pumping. There are fitness centers, spas and activities on board that will keep you moving and help burn off those calories that you consume. Most cruise ships even offer personal trainers, which can be added motivation to stay healthy.

Happy Travels,

Jennifer

Find me on Twitter @jenngaines.

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Jennifer

My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!

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Steve
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Many cruise lines offer Friends of Bill W. meetings which are open to members of any 12 Step fellowship. You should be able to find recovery at sea!

You can check with your cruise line if you’re not worried about breaking your anonymity.

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