Posted October 19th, 2017, 08:20 PM
Last edited by NSWP; October 19th, 2017 at 08:30 PM
I am a medically diagnosed Coeliac and I notify the cruise line a couple of months pre cruise. I do not make a big thing of it, but the head waiter comes around the MDR Table each night and provides me with the dinner menu for following night. We do Traditional Club dining, same waiters etc every night, then they all know where to find me. My wife is not Coeliac. Before the end of the meal the Head Waiter comes back and takes my order. It is rare that I get knocked back on a dish, they can do wonders with the menu, even down to GF pastas and pastry. Ships have a section in the galley for special diets. When I did the ships tour of Oriana couple of years ago I spoke to the diet chef and thanked him.
We do breakfast and lunch in the buffet and I use my head to find the GF items. If in doubt I ask. GF bread is generally available, ask and they will toast it for you. The previous poster mentioned scrambled eggs, yes you need to be careful there. Most cruise lines use the liquid egg to make them and the omelets. Couple of times on P&O and Princess I respectfully asked to see the egg mix carton at the omelette station, they showed me and sure enough, thickened with wheat. I enquired about scrambled eggs and the buffet supervisor and chef told me they use the liquid egg mix for that as well. So I steered away from it. It is not in my nature to trouble them and ask for an omelette made from real eggs, they have better things to do. Sometimes I will take some GF bread away from breakfast and keep it for lunchtime if I want to get a burger without the bun from the deck grill, just make my own.
Yes, most of the cruise lines are very good with special diets.
If I am on a shorex which includes lunch, I just work around it, generally some fruit or salad available, but if not, go without. So we very rarely pick a shorex that includes lunch. Such is life.
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