Queen Victoria's 14 night shopping list.

Queen Victoria's 14 night shopping list.
Whilst eating Eggs Benedict at breakfast or enjoying a cup of English Breakfast during Afternoon Tea, have you ever pondered over the ingredients? How did they get on the ship? Is there enough food for all of the guests and crew?
  • During a turnaround day in Southampton, Queen Victoria’s Provision Master Arturo showed us the stores operation in action, with some very impressive figures. Once the ship has clearance from the local port authorities, the stores operation can begin. The Provision Master, Chefs, Public Rooms Manager and Chief Sommelier all head to the quay side to check the stores together and the storing commences.
  • The quayside is a flurry with forklift trucks all day as fresh produce, dairy, dry foods, frozen foods and hotel consumables are taken on board. The Store Keeper then takes the products to the relevant lockers, fridges and freezers. Once the provisions reach their lockers the stores team set to work organising the stock. This continues all day and for a typical 14 night voyage.

The crew take on the following stock:

  • 12,000 bottles of beer
  • 2,500 litres draught beer
  • 5,000 bottles of wine
  • 2,000 bottles of champagne
  • 3,500 litres of orange juice
  • 135,000 fresh eggs
  • 8,000 kg of meat
  • 3,000 kg of whole chickens
  • 1,000 kg of sausages
  • 2,000 kg of bacon
  • 13,000 ketchup sachets
  • 7,000 kg of potatoes
  • 60,000 tea bags
  • 10,000 litres of milk.
  • As you can see, that is a lot of food. When Queen Victoria returns to Southampton after her 14 night Northern Europe cruise the whole process will start again.

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