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    Azamara gluten free

    So, having started this post, I thought I would add some comments now that I have returned from my cruise. This was our first Azamara cruise but we have cruise on other lines many times. I found Azamara’s gluten free provision to be below average and I suppose that was really disappointing, as I was expecting it to be above average. Staff were fabulous and tried to help. Here is my summary Bread was the absolute worst I’ve ever eaten. Bagels were ok if they toasted both sides but mostly they just toasted the inside. Bagels ran out day 7 of a 12 night cruise and never replenished Bought in muffins at breakfast were dry and tasted poor quality, same for cookies. The bread I was offered in Prime C and Aqualina was the same as Windows. On that note there were not any really appealing gf starters or desserts in the speciality restaurants. Aqualina seemingly makes fresh gf pasta but when I asked for the ravioli 24 hrs in advance they couldn’t make it for me as the ravioli machine is not dedicated to gf . I think even I could have improvised and made one ravioli by hand but that was not possible. I spent half of the cruise not eating any salad dressing as I was told none were gf. Discovered later that in fact they all are. Same with nachos in the patio. Told I couldn’t ever have the fries or nachos as they were fried in same oil as onion rings. Eventually found out from chef on second last day that they always fry nachos in fresh oil. Most days at the buffet they did have quinoa pasta gf, so that was a positive. Also every night we were given chocolates of some description in the room. I never ate them until the steward eventually told me that he had been getting gluten free ones for me, which was lovely. However be very vigilant, as one night I thought they looked like cake and checked, to find out he had got them mixed up. I could go on. Food not labelled correctly, two days when all three main dishes in Windows contained gluten. Dreadful deserts in main dining room. Choosing dinner the night before is standard but they never knew what the two chefs specials would be the next day and wouldn’t let me see the desert menu, I just got what they decided. So, great cruise, great ship but probably my a lot of improvment needed in the gf department,
  2. Simply, which restaurant do you eat in twice and why?
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    Azamara gluten free

    Does anyone know if gluten free beer in available on the normal drinks list?
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    Azamara gluten free

    Again many thanks. That’s great to hear.
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    Up until yesterday anyway, NZ was letting people in who had been in Hong Kong recently. I know someone who came off NCL Jade’s cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore in the morning and flew to NZ last night. No issues at immigration in NZ. I spect that might change though.
  6. I don't know about NCL but Royal had a full programme but combined age groups. Our boys did four Transatlantic cruises and they would rank them amongst their favourites. There were less children on board but that meant they made closer friendships and the KId's club staff were less busy, so had more time with them.
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    Azamara gluten free

    Thank you everyone, that is very helpful. The tip about the chocolate cake is particularly useful. We have the three meal specialty package and I love chocolate cake 🙂 The best gf deserts I have had on a ship were on MSC Preziosa. Italy is great for gf, as testing for Coeliac is the first thing they do rather than the last and consequently there are a higher number of diagnosed Coeliacs per head of population than anywhere else, I believe.
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    Azamara gluten free

    I have contacted Azamara to tell them i’m Coeliac and need to eat gluten free. They gave very general advice , as you would expect. I have cruised Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and most others many times and know that each line has gluten free items that nobody tells you about and often staff have no idea exist, until you tell them. For example; they will make gf pancakes at breakfast. You can get gf bagels and even great pizza. Celebrity gf pizza is amazing but has to be ordered in advance. They also do gf muffins. Often on the buffet they will keep one frier free of breaded items, to allow gf chips. They will also cook a fresh non contaminated version of most things if asked and in the main dining room, they can adapt most of the menu, although only a few items are marked gf. They usually also make some special cakes. So, the question is. This is my first Azamara cruise and I’m expecting they will be as good, if not better at accommodating for me but can anyone who has sailed Azamara and needs to eat gluten free, give me some tips, like the ones above.
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    Port shuttle buses

    Thank you both very much
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    Port shuttle buses

    We are sailing from Buenos Aires mid Feb, taking in ports in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Can someone please tell us if the busses provided by Azamara drop you off somewhere useful. Particularly interested in the bus in to Rio de Janeiro. Also how early do they start? Thanks
  11. Hi Sue, How did the gluten free beer go? I’m hoping they had it for you but think it is a bit off that it is not included like normal beer. We will be on Pursuit in Feb. How was your experience with being gluten free in general. We have sailed a lot on RCI and a bit on Celebrity and they were both great. Thanks.
  12. We are visiting those two ports from Voyager next week and wonder how easy they are to do on our own? Do we arrive in the centre or do we need to catch a taxi or bus to see anything? Is there a beach close by? Any ideas for our day there for myself, husband and two easy going, non demanding sons (17 & 20), who are just glad to be having a break from studying 😀
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