Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Conversations > Cruise Foodies
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #81  
Old February 25th, 2012, 12:50 PM
irvington's Avatar
irvington irvington is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 150
Default

Anyone with experience on Holland America? We are locked into them at this point, but will probably take a cruise next year and it would be worth it to go on a line that is helpful with dietary restraints. We are pretty spoiled here in Oregon since there is so much awareness.

In our particular case, my younger son has an issue with wheat. Having things labeled GF or wheat-free is a big help to him. He is willing to eat a wide variety of things and is conscientious about sticking to wheat-free. In his case it causes mood issues and (TMI, I know) bedwetting. We don't have to worry about trace amounts but it is nice to know the ingredients. Here many restaurants label menu items that will work on various diets (veg, vegan, GF, dairy-free) -- seems like that could be a low-cost way for the cruise lines to be more sensitive.
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
  #82  
Old February 25th, 2012, 01:24 PM
bakcd bakcd is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Georgia
Posts: 697
Default

Our last experience with HAL was in June. They do not label items on the menu or at the buffet. The maitre' d will visit your table at dinner and you pre-order your meal or meals for the next day. If you want pancakes the next day, you need to let them know then. If you eat at the buffet, you will need to find a maitre'd and they will guide you as to what is gluten-free.

Prior to sailing, you should contact HAL and pre-order the items you would like. These are Kinnickinnik products and include breads, cereals, pizza crusts, etc.
__________________
Oceanic, Imagination, Fascination, Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Zuiderdam, Zaandam
Maasdam May 04, Zenith 05, Mercury 05, Summit 06, Infinity 06, Zenith 07, Maasdam 08,
Century 10, Constellation 10, Ryndam 10, Constellation 11, Amsterdam 11, Constellation 11, Maasdam 12, Equinox 12,
Reply With Quote

  #83  
Old February 25th, 2012, 02:46 PM
irvington's Avatar
irvington irvington is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 150
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bakcd View Post
Our last experience with HAL was in June. They do not label items on the menu or at the buffet. The maitre' d will visit your table at dinner and you pre-order your meal or meals for the next day. If you want pancakes the next day, you need to let them know then. If you eat at the buffet, you will need to find a maitre'd and they will guide you as to what is gluten-free.

Prior to sailing, you should contact HAL and pre-order the items you would like. These are Kinnickinnik products and include breads, cereals, pizza crusts, etc.
thanks for the info!
Reply With Quote

  #84  
Old February 25th, 2012, 04:04 PM
graceinmelbourne graceinmelbourne is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 378
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by irvington View Post
Anyone with experience on Holland America? We are locked into them at this point, but will probably take a cruise next year and it would be worth it to go on a line that is helpful with dietary restraints. We are pretty spoiled here in Oregon since there is so much awareness.

In our particular case, my younger son has an issue with wheat. Having things labeled GF or wheat-free is a big help to him. He is willing to eat a wide variety of things and is conscientious about sticking to wheat-free. In his case it causes mood issues and (TMI, I know) bedwetting. We don't have to worry about trace amounts but it is nice to know the ingredients. Here many restaurants label menu items that will work on various diets (veg, vegan, GF, dairy-free) -- seems like that could be a low-cost way for the cruise lines to be more sensitive.
It would be great if cruise lines labelled items in the buffet as to whether they are gluten free, dairy free, etc. It would be very helpful to passengers and staff working at the buffet wouldn't be asked questions all the time. Royal Carribbean don't usually label food in the buffet but they do in cruises sailing out of Australia. I think it must be because there is a high level of awareness here about GF so passengers expect it. Why can't they do it with all cruise lines?? I can't be that difficult really.
__________________
Sailed : RCI Brilliance of the Seas Mediterranean Sept. 2010

Sailing: Oasis of the Seas 22nd September 2012
Reply With Quote

  #85  
Old February 25th, 2012, 04:56 PM
bakcd bakcd is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Georgia
Posts: 697
Default

I've been told it is because of the possibility of cross-contamination but labeled or not, the possibility still exist. It sometimes takes 2 or 3 trips around the buffet area to find a maitre'd.
__________________
Oceanic, Imagination, Fascination, Nieuw Amsterdam, Volendam, Zuiderdam, Zaandam
Maasdam May 04, Zenith 05, Mercury 05, Summit 06, Infinity 06, Zenith 07, Maasdam 08,
Century 10, Constellation 10, Ryndam 10, Constellation 11, Amsterdam 11, Constellation 11, Maasdam 12, Equinox 12,
Reply With Quote

  #86  
Old February 3rd, 2014, 12:26 PM
Xewrsw's Avatar
Xewrsw Xewrsw is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 60
Default Gluten free, freestyle vs set dining

It's been about a year since the last post here.
I am not the best with logging on here, however I believe that this is an important thread for fellow gluten free cruisers. So I am going to add some more personal experiences from our GF cruising. My son was 12 when first cruised gluten free. He is now 15. For teens, (maybe teen boys?) eating differently than your buddies is a pain, more work than he wants to put the effort into. Maybe a little humiliating? To the adults...worth the effort...it's life.
Since our first experience cruising GF, which was on the Oasis of the Seas, I have found that all cruise lines address GF dining rather well.
I prefer the smaller ships because they are much easier to get a quick grasp on the options available. (Fewer dining choices)
I don't care for the "my time," or "free style" dining option for the following reason. In those venues you will NOT have the exact same waiter each night. At regular Main Dining Room dinners, you Do have the same set waiter, he/she is one step ahead of you with your GF preferences at each meal. For example...the fresh steak fries on the table for my son as a replacement for the bread when the boys sit down. It really bothers me when the waiters bring a basket of bread and butter for the rest of the table to munch on and my hungry son has to watch. Little dining preferences like this, are what make having the same waiter each night a plus.
That said, we did get to know the maitre' d very well on our NCL "free style" dining. He would show up at each dining venue for us, however there was a little bit of a lag time. Sometimes we would have to look for him. He even showed up in both of our specialty restaurant venues. (BTW..always bring your own GF soy sauce on board if you think that you would like to specialty dine or choose an Asian dish.)
Also, I always generously tip my wait staff and maitre' d ON THE FIRST NIGHT when I meet and review the GF options with them!! (Obviously it would just be the maitre'd on the first free style dining night since you will not have the same waiter from there on.)
BTW...sailing on the Oasis of the Seas again over Easter break. I've heard that they now have GF pizza! Woohoo!
__________________
[/SIGPIC]
Reply With Quote

  #87  
Old March 26th, 2014, 08:42 PM
fab5family fab5family is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Posts: 53
Default Gluten-free Travel Cards

http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/

I printed out these travel cards for our upcoming cruise. Will let you know after the cruise if they were a hit or not.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:06 PM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.