Gluten Free Dining Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
|Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise ship|
|Review Type:||Cruise Ship|
|Date Visited:||March 2013|
|Review Posted:||April 14, 2013|
|Summary||Amazing Gluten Free Cruise to the Caribbean on Allure of the Seas|
Cruise ships have fast become one of the best bets for gluten free travelers. Most U.S.-based cruise lines have formal policies and procedures in place for their gluten free guests. In fact, as of about a year ago, Royal Caribbean unveiled a new program in which they had enlisted the help of a registered and licensed dietician and nutritional consultant to turn the cruise line's gluten free program into a more guest-friendly experience. All gluten free options are now clearly labeled on the ships' menus, and new gluten free bread offerings are available in the ships' restaurants, upon request. Royal Caribbean explains the new program in a video on their website.
You can also contact them at the email listed above to let them know about your gluten-free needs. Better yet, enlist the help of a travel agent like Lesley Hayden from Travel Leaders, who is a cruise specialist and has a close relationship with Royal Caribbean. She will ensure your gluten free request is properly noted in your booking, find out specific gluten free products stocked by the ship, and contact the cruise line directly with any questions you have. Sometimes it's just nice to have a professional do some of the legwork on your behalf, and she often has access to special deals you may not otherwise know about. Her number is 800-487-6110.
This month, we share the story of one very happy gluten free traveler after she returned from a week-long Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship. To read even more reviews of Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines, be sure to visit our Gluten Free Cruises page.
This was our 15th cruise. After being diagnosed with Celiac -- and having a very bad Gluten Free experience with Carnival -- I decided to give Royal Caribbean a try. I am very glad that I did. Allure of the Seas is the most beautiful ship I have ever been on. From the moment I got on the ship I knew I was going to be happy. I ate at the buffet with the help of the head chef every day and experienced no problems. Dinner was also amazing because if I didn't pick my meal the night before, there was something on the menu that was labelled Gluten Free every night.
There were three different types of bread every night. I was so happy because the bread was almost as good as regular bread. Everyone in the dining room was concerned about whether I enjoyed my meal and how I was feeling. You can eat in the hot dog restaurant (GF buns) and the sandwich restaurant on Central Park had Gluten Free food also. I am hooked on Royal Caribbean! I have now booked a cruise for February, 2014 on the Vision of the Seas. The scale to rate is 1-5 palms and believe you me I would vote 10 palms if I could!
Allure of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships, features seven incredible neighborhoods and several first-at-sea experiences: the oceanside Aqua Theatre, Starbucks coffee shop, Broadway hit musicals Chicago and Hairspray, 3D movie theater, zip line, designer shopping at Coach and GUESS stores, and much more.
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