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#1
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Does anyone have any experience with dining vegan with Carnival?

I've used the search, but some of the posts are older so I don't know if much has changed. I know to contact guest services prior to my cruise, but was looking for some pointers/experiences.

Thanks in advance.
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Can be done but it also depends on how restrictive your vegan-ism is.

Talk with the maître d at embarkation. Usually around 1. The hostess can help you with choices for the first night. She will then come to the table each night for the next days meal.

On the lido ask the lido chef or hostess about what is vegan.
The pizza can be made without cheese and the deli has a veggie sandwich that is usually good, just ask them to make it without the cheese. (Confirm what's in the pesto, though)

Might want to bring some things from home. Best to take on commercially prepared, sealed items.

A month or so ago it read a very good vegan review.
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#3
Jax Florida
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We sat next to a couple one night and the lady was vegan. So while I don't have any personal experience I can tell you what I learned from her.
She preordered her meals a day or so in advance. One of the servers had a paper he kept referring to verifying her choices.
The night we sat with her she had ordered the strawberry bisque and eggplant parm. She only took a bite or two out of each. They had used soy milk for the bisque and it did not turn out well. She said that almond milk would have probably been fine. Not sure what was up with the eggplant parm, but it wasn't good either.
After that night we ran into her several more times (both smokers so we tend to cluster in the same areas). Over all, she said she had a hard time finding enough to eat on board. Not because there weren't options or that Carnival didn't try to accomodate her, but because it wasn't palatable. She said she was pretty much relying on pizza as she had finally gotten the guy back there to understand "no cheese".
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If you are an old fashioned beans & veg vegan that you will be fine, if you need faux meat/cheese/milk then the options are more limited.
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Last cruise I was on in Dec. 2013 for one meal I sat next to a guy who had a variety of allergies. It was the first night and he had not called ahead, but they tried to be very accommodating. He ate steam veggies with no butter or anything and a plain baked potato the first night, but the waiter said they could prepare things ahead of time for the future. I think if you can be somewhat flexible in what you eat, they try to work with you.
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#7
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Originally posted by Tortoiselvr
Does anyone have any experience with dining vegan with Carnival?

I've used the search, but some of the posts are older so I don't know if much has changed. I know to contact guest services prior to my cruise, but was looking for some pointers/experiences.

Thanks in advance.
My daughter is a vegan. In addition to what's already been said, I will tell you that it's best to be seated at a set time in the MDR. Carnival has been one of the best (for us anyway) at doing vegan. Daughter has never brought her own food and has always eaten a full meal. I suggest explaining in detail to your waiter as well. They've been more then happy to review ingredients, answer questions and prepare special meals. She struggled on RCCL, but never on Carnival.
#8
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Originally posted by CocoaMom
My daughter is a vegan. In addition to what's already been said, I will tell you that it's best to be seated at a set time in the MDR. Carnival has been one of the best (for us anyway) at doing vegan. Daughter has never brought her own food and has always eaten a full meal. I suggest explaining in detail to your waiter as well. They've been more then happy to review ingredients, answer questions and prepare special meals. She struggled on RCCL, but never on Carnival.
Oh, thanks!
#10
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You may have already read that the vegetarian and indian vegetarian options in the MDR do contain cheese and chicken broth so be careful of them.

If you do have the MDR prepare vegan entrees just be open minded and not too picky. If you are too picky then you probably should dine in the Lido buffet and create your own vegan meal from what is available.

Even for a vegan, you should have plenty of food options.

Enjoy your cruise!
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A restatement of my above reply. The vegetarian and indian vegetarian options probably don't contain chicken broth. I meant to say to be careful about the vegetable soups because it has been mentioned they contain chicken broth.
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Reviving this thread to see if anyone has some late breaking answers. I'm a cruiser like most of us, good for a ten pound weight gain on a 7 day cruise, and the type that eats a snack between breakfast and lido brunch, got me? I went vegan two months ago and the weight has flown off. My ability to stick with any eating plan is as limited as my faith in myself . But it's working and I hope to stay with it long term. Two cruises coming up and possibly booking another one for May. I'll ask for a menu the night before and I'm not picky at all just wondering what the MDR options currently are.

Thanks in advance!
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#15
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Originally posted by lostdart1
She was a vegan but a cigarette smoker?? Seems counterproductive. Hehehe.

I said the same thing...


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#16
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Confused by post 3. Eggplant parm isn't vegan if it has Parmesan cheese. Lol. Unless it was soy cheese?


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#17
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Originally posted by Fitzget
Confused by post 3. Eggplant parm isn't vegan if it has Parmesan cheese. Lol. Unless it was soy cheese?


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Also confused by post 3
Vegan but expects tasty food....

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#18
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Originally posted by pbsteve
Also confused by post 3
Vegan but expects tasty food....

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How can it be tasty without bacon? Lol!


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#19
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Up to date FYI - I'm not a vegan. I've had some recent medical issues and my doctor has directed me to eliminate meat-eggs-all dairy. I'm sailing in late September on the Conquest. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would manage given this is very new to me. I wrote to Carnival and this is the reply I received today...
Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance.

We do not offer vegan menus on any ship.
We do not have Dieticians on board; therefore, we can only offer assistance with simple requests such as the method of preparation of menu items. The diet requirements need to be arranged with the guest's Head Waiter on the first night of the cruise.

Healthy Food Selections
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus in the main dining room feature Healthy Option selections designated by a heart symbol on the menu.
· Starters and entrees are:
§ Low in fat
§ Low in sodium
§ Low in cholesterol
· Desserts are prepared without sugar or sugar substitutes.

Trans Fat
Carnival stopped using cooking oils containing trans fats in 2005. While most items among the cuisine choices are already trans fat free, we continue conducting a detailed analysis of remaining items that can be replaced with trans-fat-free variations and are working with vendors to find suitable alternatives. We began moving away from ingredients containing trans fats, motivated simply by a desire to take the healthiest possible approach to food preparation and menu offerings in the interest of our guests’ well-being.


Gluten-Free
Guests must discuss their meal options with the dining staff. The following Gluten-Free food items will be available on board:
· Bread
· Pasta
· Cake

Guests with Food Allergies
Food Allergy dietary requests are handled on board and guests must discuss their meal options with the dining staff.





The following milk/dairy products are available on board:
  • 2% Milk
  • Whole Milk (upon request in the Main Dining Rooms only)
  • Skim Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Plain Soy Milk
  • Lactose-Free Milk
  • Soy Margarine

The following sweeteners are available on board in addition to sugar:
  • Splenda (yellow)
  • Sweet n’ Low (pink)
  • Equal (blue)

Etcetera
· Low-fat and fat-free salad dressings
· Low cholesterol egg substitute
· Diet jellies
· Sugar-free syrup

Thank you for choosing Carnival Cruise Lines.

Regards,
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Carnivals reply doesn't really help me much...and I'm a little nervous. I will continue to search for more information and devise some strategies before I sail. I'm thinking that the Lido Buffet is where I will find the most options. If anyone reading this has any ideas, I'd appreciate hearing them.
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