Travel Companies Go Low-Carb

Travel companies introduce low-carb menus

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that Americans are giving up their carbs en masse. Now the low-carbohydrate diet craze has hit the travel industry as well, and all indications are that more changes are on the way.

Earlier this month, Crystal Cruises was the latest company to announce the addition of low-carb menu items for its passengers fleetwide. Beginning this month Crystal ships will feature daily menus with three-course, low-carb meals that the company claims are based on carefully calculated carbohydrate counts.

“Crystal’s low-carb offerings support travelers’ growing demand to maintain their chosen dietary routines while traveling,” said Toni Neumeister, Crystal’s vice president of food and beverage operations, “providing more choice without sacrificing flavor and style.” Crystal joins a growing number of cruise and hotel operations that are changing their menus to reflect the low-carb movement. Last month, Hyatt announced the addition of low-carb menus at over 100 of its properties nationwide, while Carnival Cruise Lines made a similar announcement regarding the ships in its fleet.

The most recent hotel to join the trend is the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, which last week announced a Low-Carb High Tea, with “all of the trappings associated with an elegant tea service while focusing on today’s healthy alternative,” said a company statement. According to Crystal Cruises, the change in its menus recognizes “that low-carb consciousness has become more of a lifestyle change than a passing trend.”