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Old 08-07-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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Gluten Free DCL/RCCL

My wife has a gluten allergy and we have only cruised once. It was on DCL. Disney is terrific when it comes to handling food allergies. I want to do a cruise to Bermuda but DCL doesn't go there so I am looking into using RCCL but my wife is concerned with her gluten allergy and only wants to do DCL because of this since she knows how good they are. For those of you with gluten allergy you know what I mean when it comes to not wanting to take chances with the unknown. Could anyone who has done both DCL and RCCL please tell me how well of a job RCCL does with gluten free compared to DCL. Or how well RCCL does in general. I also posted this on an RCCL forum but am not expecting much response. I thank you ahead for your responses. I
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I would like to know this too.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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i need this info too! Hopefully someone will help out
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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Yes....Holland America and RCI are equally adept at handling all food allergies. Did gluten free with ease on both lines.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:20 AM   #6
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Got this response from another forum.

Since going GF, I have sailed on the Monarch, Allure, and Mariner. I was very impressed by the crew on all three ships, as well as the availability of GF foods. Each night at dinner, your waiter or the head water will bring the following night's menu out and your wife will select what she would like for the following night. They can modify most things to be gluten free. Other GF items that can be found on board include bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, french toast, bagels, pizza, and cupcakes. I know they are working on expanding, based on talking to chefs on my past cruises, so they may have even more now. I've found most of the crew to be very well versed in what is and is not GF, and have never felt limited in what I can eat or worried I was getting false information. If any thing, they tend to be overly cautious! I do bring my own GF ice cream cones and GF hot dog buns (although they MAY have these on board now...).

In the Windjammer, I always seek out one of the chefs and they will escort me around to show me what is and is not ok to eat. They will also go in the back to prepare GF bread or to get a fresh serving of something if cross contamination is an issue. In terms of the specialty restaurants, I always go on the first day to confirm that I will need GF on the night we have our reservation. I've never had an issue there, either.

Overall, I have had very positive experiences! I will add that, although all three ships were great, the Allure was definitely the best because it had the most food venues and options to pick from!

Edited to add: Totally agree with Babygirl08 - communicating with your waiter/head waiter is crucial. They will coordinate and ensure you have GF pizza, breakfast items, etc. in all of the venues on the ship.

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Just sailed on Vision in June and gluten free dining for dinner was very easy. They now have an icon on the menu that shows which dishes can be prepared gluten free, so no need to pick from the menu the night before, just advise your waiter when you order. I was also pleased with the number of choices available.__________________
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