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Old 01-17-2013, 11:11 PM   #31
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The newer ships both have separate allergy kitchens where they make the specialized meals to avoid cross-contamination. I've heard the older ships don't, which makes them not as well equipped for allergies. My DS has a peanut allergy and my DH has a gluten allergy, we've been on both the Dream and the Fantasy with no problems...

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Can you please share your experiences with me? If you don't want to share it publicly, can you PM me? I'm sailing on the Fantasy in March and I'm kind of worried about how they're going to handle our allergies. I have Celiac Disease with extreme sensitivity to gluten and cross contamination, my mom has Celiac Disease and a soy allergy, and my brother has a peanut allergy.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:28 AM   #32
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The newer ships both have separate allergy kitchens where they make the specialized meals to avoid cross-contamination. I've heard the older ships don't, which makes them not as well equipped for allergies. My DS has a peanut allergy and my DH has a gluten allergy, we've been on both the Dream and the Fantasy with no problems...
I don't think that is true. Our first sailing was in 2009 on the Magic. When discussing my daughter's allergies, at different times both our server and the head server mentioned the smaller galley devoted only to passengers with allergies.
I think it really helps with attention to detail, but I don't see how it can prevent cross contamination. The allergy chef would still be making my daughter's Peanut crusted mahi in the same galley as your son's grilled swordfish.

We were told this again in 2011 on the Wonder.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #33
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The newer ships both have separate allergy kitchens where they make the specialized meals to avoid cross-contamination. I've heard the older ships don't, which makes them not as well equipped for allergies. My DS has a peanut allergy and my DH has a gluten allergy, we've been on both the Dream and the Fantasy with no problems...
I've sailed on the Magic once, the Wonder once, Dream three times and this will be my second sailing on the Fantasy. While I love DCL, I also have some concerns about sailing with them and how they handle food allergies. I do have to say though that we've found the newer ships much better than the classic ships at handling food allergies.

On one sailing of the Dream, they kept on trying to feed my mom frozen waffles that had soy in them. The first time she ate them. Thankfully her reaction is nothing life-threatening. The next day they tried to serve them to her again, this time I recognized them as ones I occasionally get at home and questioned them or they would have kept feeding them to her.

Three times, I've ordered the grilled chicken salad from Royal Palace. First time it came with croutons sprinkled all over it and they weren't gluten-free croutons. I noticed it before I ate anything. Second time, I found some croutons hidden in my salad after I already ate most of it. They again weren't gf croutons. I never actually ate a crouton, but just from the cross contamination, I got really sick (stomach flu like symptoms, migraines, nerve pain). Our last sailing of the Fantasy, I once again ordered that salad and once again it come with croutons sprinkled all over it. At least this time they were all over the salad so I never actually ate anything and I avoided getting sick.

We've gone through the order the night before, special order process every time for this meal. Something so simple should not be that complicated. I have no idea why they keep on messing it up, but it's become a joke in my family. At this point, in our family we've renamed the Royal Palace, the "Royal Crouton."

We keep sailing DCL because overall the good definitely outweighs the bad. My mom is also wheelchair bound and there are not many places we can go with food allergies and a wheelchair that will be accommodating of our needs. We're also DVC members that have been to Disney World many times. This sailing we're hoping for no soy waffles for the person with a soy allergy and no croutons for the Celiac.

**Our experience with food allergies is definitely not typical for Disney Cruise Line. We've spoken with restaurant managers and food and beverage managers and they say our experience is not the norm at all. They've been extremely apologetic and embarrassed at how many issues we've had. For some reason we just seem to have bad luck.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:35 AM   #34
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If there are kids in the adult only areas, a word to the closest CM will do. I understand that kids in the adult pool area on the Dream is a big problem, mostly due to the layout of the elevators and the area surrounding the pool. I agree about controlling the kids in the shows, it bothers me that those parents don't seem to think it'll impact others when their "darling" wants to run up an down the aisles, or bounce up and down on the seats in front of others.


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Old 01-18-2013, 02:42 PM   #35
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I'd like to know the outcome. This is concerning bc my husband has a shellfish allergy and I know that shrimp is served frequently
We've never mentioned DH's shellfish allergy in 7 cruises and have never had a problem with the food anywhere.

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I just ask GS for a letter size paper. I had such a great experience, I did not want to miss anyone and their great deeds they did throughout the cruise. I know the comment card has very little space for writing any good/bad comments.
I just attached it to the comment card and handed it of to GS.
I got a personal letter from DCL thanking me for my comments.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #37
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I have been on all four ships since I have been gluten free, and never had any issues when following the advice of the chefs either in the buffets or the MDR's or Palo. We have always had my reservation marked GF though before we cruised which I believe is the key for the MDR's and Palo.

To those that have had issues in the past was the reservation flagged before hand or did you mention it once you were on the ship. If the reservation was flagged before hand I would be surprised if there were issues (mistakes do happen sometimes though, but should not happen continually). We just got off the Fantasy and did the galley tour and saw all the orders that were tagged for different allergies (The chef giving the tour was seemed very proud of how they handled the prepping of the allergy dishes). I highly recommend anyone with allergies take the tour if it is offered.

Also I believe that they base the server pairings on allergy or non allergy diners, because some servers are more knowledgeable than others. If you mention the allergy once on the ship or as you order each night, I could see it not being handled as well, or they may not be able to get you set up with a more knowledgeable server.

I believe that for all allergies (at least for gf) you place your order the night before, and the order is tagged to be prepped in a safe manner. Not sure how they handle the preparation if you don't have the reservation flagged and just do a special order each night.

Also when the servers take your order the night before they work with the chef's as best they can to make up what you ordered. Many times this cruise I was able to eat many items on the menu, but found that they came minus a sauce or some component.

My best advice is to make sure the reservation is flagged before hand, and on the first day, place your first nights order in the dining room that you eat lunch to verify that your allergy is flagged and this will also will help to get your first meal to the table quicker.

Any questions pm me.

Good Luck to all with food allergies and hope that your experiences go as well as mine have

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #38
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I have been on all four ships since I have been gluten free, and never had any issues when following the advice of the chefs either in the buffets or the MDR's or Palo. We have always had my reservation marked GF though before we cruised which I believe is the key for the MDR's and Palo.

To those that have had issues in the past was the reservation flagged before hand or did you mention it once you were on the ship. If the reservation was flagged before hand I would be surprised if there were issues (mistakes do happen sometimes though, but should not happen continually). We just got off the Fantasy and did the galley tour and saw all the orders that were tagged for different allergies (The chef giving the tour was seemed very proud of how they handled the prepping of the allergy dishes). I highly recommend anyone with allergies take the tour if it is offered.

Also I believe that they base the server pairings on allergy or non allergy diners, because some servers are more knowledgeable than others. If you mention the allergy once on the ship or as you order each night, I could see it not being handled as well, or they may not be able to get you set up with a more knowledgeable server.

I believe that for all allergies (at least for gf) you place your order the night before, and the order is tagged to be prepped in a safe manner. Not sure how they handle the preparation if you don't have the reservation flagged and just do a special order each night.

Also when the servers take your order the night before they work with the chef's as best they can to make up what you ordered. Many times this cruise I was able to eat many items on the menu, but found that they came minus a sauce or some component.

My best advice is to make sure the reservation is flagged before hand, and on the first day, place your first nights order in the dining room that you eat lunch to verify that your allergy is flagged and this will also will help to get your first meal to the table quicker.

Any questions pm me.

Good Luck to all with food allergies and hope that your experiences go as well as mine have

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We've always made sure our allergies were noted on our reservation. Before our sailings, we've double and triple checked to ensure they were noted. On the first day we always go to ensure sure that our allergies are noted. I guess we just have bad luck or something.

The magical experiences and awesome food experiences definitely outweigh the few issues we've had.
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I have been on all four ships since I have been gluten free, and never had any issues when following the advice of the chefs either in the buffets or the MDR's or Palo. We have always had my reservation marked GF though before we cruised which I believe is the key for the MDR's and Palo.

To those that have had issues in the past was the reservation flagged before hand or did you mention it once you were on the ship. If the reservation was flagged before hand I would be surprised if there were issues (mistakes do happen sometimes though, but should not happen continually). We just got off the Fantasy and did the galley tour and saw all the orders that were tagged for different allergies (The chef giving the tour was seemed very proud of how they handled the prepping of the allergy dishes). I highly recommend anyone with allergies take the tour if it is offered.

Also I believe that they base the server pairings on allergy or non allergy diners, because some servers are more knowledgeable than others. If you mention the allergy once on the ship or as you order each night, I could see it not being handled as well, or they may not be able to get you set up with a more knowledgeable server.

I believe that for all allergies (at least for gf) you place your order the night before, and the order is tagged to be prepped in a safe manner. Not sure how they handle the preparation if you don't have the reservation flagged and just do a special order each night.

Also when the servers take your order the night before they work with the chef's as best they can to make up what you ordered. Many times this cruise I was able to eat many items on the menu, but found that they came minus a sauce or some component.

My best advice is to make sure the reservation is flagged before hand, and on the first day, place your first nights order in the dining room that you eat lunch to verify that your allergy is flagged and this will also will help to get your first meal to the table quicker.

Any questions pm me.

Good Luck to all with food allergies and hope that your experiences go as well as mine have

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I told our TA multiple times to let Disney know (when I called Disney to be sure it was noted they had no idea!!) So I called Disney and did the forms well before we sailed!
Apparently we fell thru the cracks despite all that
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I told our TA multiple times to let Disney know (when I called Disney to be sure it was noted they had no idea!!) So I called Disney and did the forms well before we sailed!
Apparently we fell thru the cracks despite all that
This is something I'm worried about. My TA assured me she noted it but I don't see it on my paperwork. She also makes me nervous because she keeps messing up when we ask questions or when she tries to refer to us by name (but the names aren't ours ) Did you just call the main line?
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We've always made sure our allergies were noted on our reservation. Before our sailings, we've double and triple checked to ensure they were noted. On the first day we always go to ensure sure that our allergies are noted. I guess we just have bad luck or something.

The magical experiences and awesome food experiences definitely outweigh the few issues we've had.
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I told our TA multiple times to let Disney know (when I called Disney to be sure it was noted they had no idea!!) So I called Disney and did the forms well before we sailed!
Apparently we fell thru the cracks despite all that
Sorry that this happened to both of you. We have had such good luck with them bending over backwards to help me out, it is sometimes hard to believe that it doesn't always happen that way for everyone. I do believe that once you become a repeat cruiser, that the tag will always stay with the person in the group with the allergy, so hopefully future cruises will go better. If I remember correctly the first time we noted the allergy we were booked through Disney with no travel agent, not sure that it mattered, except we personally had to handle setting up the allergy info so we knew it got done.

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This is something I'm worried about. My TA assured me she noted it but I don't see it on my paperwork. She also makes me nervous because she keeps messing up when we ask questions or when she tries to refer to us by name (but the names aren't ours ) Did you just call the main line?
wonder if we had the same TA!!! (she never addressed my name but ?'s were never really answered or later I found out the info was incorrect)
Yes I just called the main DCL line and the lady I talked to seemed great!!
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Sorry that this happened to both of you. We have had such good luck with them bending over backwards to help me out, it is sometimes hard to believe that it doesn't always happen that way for everyone. I do believe that once you become a repeat cruiser, that the tag will always stay with the person in the group with the allergy, so hopefully future cruises will go better. If I remember correctly the first time we noted the allergy we were booked through Disney with no travel agent, not sure that it mattered, except we personally had to handle setting up the allergy info so we knew it got done.

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I was thinking later if we went again, maybe I could start a thread and ask who with allergies had great servers and request a specific server (someone who understands allergies)
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:40 AM   #44
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I would like to say to "op" i am truly sorry that these events happens to you. No one here at Disney , DCL, Dl , ever wana see a guest sad, upset, or angry. We all strive to bring the most magic we can to each and every guest we meet. So if you do not hear anything back I'm sorry but you are not unheard. I do wish that you have a magical new year.
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The newer ships both have separate allergy kitchens where they make the specialized meals to avoid cross-contamination. I've heard the older ships don't, which makes them not as well equipped for allergies. My DS has a peanut allergy and my DH has a gluten allergy, we've been on both the Dream and the Fantasy with no problems...
Not quite true. The new ships indeed have a separate "allergy kitchen." The classic ships have a special area devoted exclusively to preparation of meals for guests with allergies, but it is a restricted area within the main galley rather than a totally separate room.

The allergy kitchen on the new ships obviously has ingredients that may not be safe for some--they prepare food for people with nut, egg, milk, etc. allergies all within the same allergy kitchen. The point is that by using a restricted area or separate room, they are saying to everyone in that area that this is a special situation. Does it become more safe or special because there is a wall? Maybe. But I suspect that the designated area accomplishes the same thing.

It isn't as if allergy meals on the classic ships are made side by side with the regular meals--they are not. It is like "This is the allergy kitchen" separated by walls vs. "This is the allergy preparation area."
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