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My allergy is air bourne so just being in the area of latex based fruits is enough to go into shock.Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear this. Well, kiwi is a more expensive fruit - RCI mostly offers melon (cantelope, honeydew, watermelon), and whole fruits at the buffet such as apples, oranges, and bananas. I have seen kiwi offered as a garnish on some desserts in the main dining room, and I may have seen it in a fruit trifle (not certain, though).
Have you ever traveled with allergies that require an epi-pen? Any suggestions?Yes, I always travel with an epi-pen. If your allergies are severe, I would bring two, just in case. Also bring plenty of Benadryl. Have you ever had a reaction from allergens in the air? I don't expect it would be nearly as severe as ingesting any amount of the substance. I would probably avoid all prepared fruits (eg only eat an apple that you can wash yourself).
While they do use kiwi as a garnish in many dishes and desserts, I'd be more afraid of the latex gloves worn by the workers in the WJ as well as the food preparers. That's a really tough allergery to have.That was exactly what I was going to say! We are just off Monarch on Friday and I saw stateroom attendents, windjammer staff, maintenance people and many many other RC staffers wearing gloves, now they may or may not have been latex, but thats just not a chance I'd be willing to take with my life! I think you'd be hard pressed to find any kind of vacation spot these days where workers aren't using gloves. I work at Boston Market and we have latex gloves for handling raw foods...so basically everything gets touched with latex.
If someone is truly anaphylactic and extremely sensitive to common items, I don't think a cruise ship is the best place to be. The problem is, some severe reactions cannot be controlled with an epi-pen. In that case, the person would have to be hospitalized. On a land vacation, that's not too much of a problem; if you are 1000 miles out at sea, it could be bad. Only the individual knows how serious their condition is.Probably not. There's no place like home.
Have you ever traveled with allergies that require an epi-pen? Any suggestions?My wife does have a severe latex allergy that causes her to carry an epi pen and a portable breathing treatment machine and inhalers. We cruise all the time on all the different lines and she has never had any trouble or attacks. She is very careful what she eats and asks the staff before she eats it. She always informs our waiters in the MDR of her allergy. Just be careful and ask and if you don't feel comfortable leave it alone. The only draw back to cruising we have is that we will may never be able to do a new years eve cruise because of all the balloons that are dropped and subsequently popped at midnight.
There is latex in the rubber of most underwear items including underpants and bras. I have a latex contact reaction but only in certain circumstances which I will not go into.And for this we are grateful, Gina.
And for this we are grateful, Gina.LOL.....I guess you know then.
I have traveled in the past with a latex allergy however it has gotten worse. I love to cruise, and I am just wondering if all ships serve kiwi on board. Kiwi is a latex based fruit and deadly for those with latex allergies. I want to go on another cruise but need to find a RCCL ship without kiwi, or balloons. My allergy is air bourne so just being in the area of latex based fruits is enough to go into shock.You truly learn new things every day on here. I've been a nurse for over 15 years and never knew that the latex allergy extended to kiwis. Good to know. Thanks for the information and I hope your allergy won't prevent you from cruising!
You truly learn new things every day on here. I've been a nurse for over 15 years and never knew that the latex allergy extended to kiwis. Good to know. Thanks for the information and I hope your allergy won't prevent you from cruising!I knew about bananas and kiwis but there are other foods as well. Everyone reacts differently. I'm highly allergic to some of the foods in that group, but I'm not allergic to latex.