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Disney Wonder
Avg. Customer Review (4.5 Palms): 4.5 Palms
Number of Reviews: 4

Review Type: Cruise Ship
Location: Port Canaveral, FL
Dedicated GF: No
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Beautiful cruise ship, but needs work to improve gluten free diet,

Reviewer: from Orlando, FL - See all reviews by Zerogluten

3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
My family and I just came back from the cruise on Disney Dream. While everyone was impressed with the beautiful new ship and entertainment, I thought the gluten free diet could be better. The service in the restaurants was very slow. 2 hour dinner every night with small kids is not what we were expecting. The waiter would take the order and you wouldn't see him till the end of the meal. There seemed to be a lot of waiters and assistant waiters walking around, they either seemed to be frazzled, or didn't speak English and were useless. Even though when I booked the cruise, I specifically stated that 2 members of our family need gluten free diet, there was a lot of confusion when we came to dinner the first night. Thankfully the head waiter Kendell, was very helpful. He arranged special meals for my daughter and I. They even sent them on the island for us. Lunch and dinner was pretty easy to accommodate, and it tasted good. Breakfast was a different story. He did order pancakes and waffles for us, but it tasted awful, plus there was a lot of confusion of finding those special meals, when he wasn't there the first morning. While there was a load of delicious food for everyone else, it was very frustrating to see the limited supply of GF breakfast foods. They didn't have any gluten free bagels, muffins, or bread. They only had Energy brand hamburger buns, and I don't care for them. They brought them to us every dinner, and one time for breakfast, since they didn't have anything else. Sometimes they were cold, which tasted horrible. For breakfast the waiter said they heated them up in the microwave, but they had bar marks like they were heated in the toaster. I was concerned to eat them, because I wasn't sure if it was a regular toaster that they use for regular bread. In this day and age there are so many gluten free products that taste good, and easy to freeze and store, it was very disappointing. I was glad to have 2 small bags of Chex cereal that I brought on board, and some corn crisps, and my daughter and I were happy to get by with those for breakfast. They did have a lot of fruit and yogurt. I'm just happy it was only a 3 day cruise. I always bring some gluten free snacks with us, but I didn't bring so much, because Disney is supposed to be so great with diet accommodations. Out of 4,000 passengers, you'd think we were not the only ones on a gluten free diet. I've read so many rave reviews about Disney restaurants and hotels and other ships, but I was not impressed at all with the diet handling and service on their new ship. While it was clean, modern ship with an amazing technology, it still needs a lot of work with better waiter communication and better diet foods.

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Gluten Free Disney Cruise,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by David_Eilers

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
We went on a Disney Cruise Line vacation in Sept. of 05 and in the beginning had a few reservations concerning my Celiac Disease and the ability to safely eat on the cruise without getting ill. Not only did Disney Cruise Lines meet my needs but they far exceeded anything I could have imagined. A Chef came out to our table to greet me on the first day there and cooked me a delicious meal. Not only did he make sure that I had good, safe food for that meal, but he came to see me at every meal while there and not only helped me choose a meal from the menu, but also said that he would fix me whatever I wanted, even if it wasn't on the menu. As far as I am concerned, I couldn't have had a better experience. Any Disney owned property that we have stayed at has gone out of their way to accommodate me and my food allergy and to date, I have never had a better eating experience before or after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease as I did on the Disney Cruise.

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line,

Reviewer: from Sarasota, Florida USA - See all reviews by Lynn78

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
You should know that all of the Royal Caribbean ships will provide glutenfree breads, etc. and the waiters will be helpful when you're ordering so that you don't accidentally order a food that has gluten (sauces in particular). All you need do, is advise them of your celiac condition when booking the cruise.

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Disney cruise,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by Dionnek

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Wonderful food for all (gf and non gf). Call about a month ahead to request gluten free, then tell your head server your first night at dinner again and they will make sure you have an excellent meal every day/night. Stick to the sit down restaurants (avoid buffets due to CC) - I had dessert every night, gf pancakes for breakfast, gf pasta, etc. Brought my own bag of food on board and never had to eat any of it! We will definitely be going again next year!

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