A big cruise ship is essentially a small town on a boat floating in the middle of the ocean. This means that the operators must stock every food and drink item the guests and the crew might need, because when you’re sailing down the Atlantic Ocean, you aren’t exactly going to come across a Wegman’s bobbing up in down in the water. Instead, reports the Associated Press, food for over 8,000 people (6,000 guests and 2,000 crew members) must be loaded onto the ship in the handful of hours between journeys.


Cruise ship operator Oasis of the Seas gives the AP a look at just how much needs to be loaded on to a ship before it can leave port for a seven day cruise of the Caribbean. If you thought your grocery store bill was high, it was nothing on a cruise ship. Even Costco would struggle to supply the ship. Since the islands the ships visit are not able to provide enough supplies for the ship, it is loaded up with everything from 1,899 pounds of coffee to 330 cases of pineapples. Other food and drink supplies include:


• Lobster tails: 5,400
• Ice cream cones: 21,000
• Tomatoes: 8,800 pounds
• Lettuce: 9,000 pounds
• Potatoes: 14,800 pounds
• Apples: 2,600 pounds
• Bananas: 5,400 pounds
• Eggs: 46,800
• Milk: 2,622 gallons
• Chicken: 19,723 pounds
• Beef: 18,314 pounds
• Fish: 7,070 pounds
• Hot dogs: 10,680
• Beer: 31,900 bottles and 900 cans
• Soda: 16,900 cans


There’s also plenty of booze on board to keep people from getting cabin fever. The ship stocks 820 bottles of vodka each week, alongside 179 bottles of whiskey, 293 bottles of scotch, 765 bottles of rum (it is headed to the Caribbean after all), and well over 6,000 bottles of red and white wine. Hopefully, a few of the bottles are there as extras just in case the cruise ship gets stranded in the middle of the ocean. Rum probably pairs decently well with emergency rations of Spam.

[via AP]