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Royal Caribbean International, Freedom of the Seas

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Royal Caribbean takes care of Celiacs! Jul 05, 2008
reviewer: Kitcatadels from Fort Wayne, IN, USA

We just returned from a cruise of the Western Caribbean onboard Royal Caribbean International's ship, the Freedom of the Seas. Our 15 year daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease just 6 months ago. Of course we were concerned with how to handle her diet while cruising. This was our 4th cruise, so we knew what to expect in the way of food available for those of us without any dietary restrictions, but we wondered how they would handle a gluten free menu request. Our travel agent informed the ship of our daughter's restrictions and the date we would be sailing with them. When we arrived on the ship, my husband asked to talk to someone in the Windjammer buffet about what food would be safe for our daughter to eat. They were walked around the entire buffet and every item that was safe for her to eat was pointed out. This was accomplished quickly and accurately, and there was more than a sufficient variety of food available for her. Since the food in the buffet stays essentially the same each day, it was easy for her to go in and grab a quick bite anytime. Dinners were served in the main dining room, where we ate at the same table each night and had the same server and wait staff. On that first night our server, Jose (I wish I could remember his last name!), asked us each of our names and from that point on he remembered each of us...and there were 21 people in our party! It was at this point that we let him know of our daughter's CD and that she would need a gluten free diet. Jose was able to tell her what she could eat from the menu without hesitation. There were plenty of options for her! She never felt like she was settling, and she was always happy with the choices available. It was on the third night that a wonderful woman who was part of the wait staff, brought a plate of GF bread out for our daughter. It was delicious! You can imagine how special it was for her to eat bread with the rest of us. And of course

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Dixie Stampede & Black Bear Jamboree dinner shows
119 Music Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863


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Smokey Mountain Fun at the Dixie Stampede May 09, 2008
reviewer: Kitcatadels from , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Our family has always enjoyed visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the Smokey Mountains. We also enjoy going to some of the dinner shows located in Pigeon Forge. After my daughter's diagnosis of Celiac Disease in late December, 2007, we wondered how we would deal with her diet requirements while in Gatlinburg during Spring Break this year. We were already planning to stay in a cabin, so I knew breakfasts would be easy enough, but what about eating out and going to the shows? A couple phone calls were all it took to alleviate our worries! Both Dixie Stampede and Black Bear Jamboree were able to look up their menus and tell us right away which foods they serve contain gluten. All we needed to do was call ahead the day of/or the day before we planned to attend the shows and tell them one of our party would need a gluten-free dinner. At the Black Bear Jamboree, the server was very helpful and even went back to double-check the food for our daughter to make sure it was safe. She wasn't able to eat the bread or the dessert. And the server brought out a very nice cup of fresh fruit for her during dessert. At the Dixie Stampede, she again was unable to eat the bread or dessert. Due to the nature of the show and service, I didn't feel our server was as attentive as the server at Black Bear Jamboree, but she was very understanding. There was no substitute at Dixie Stampede for the dessert. That wasn't a big deal to my daughter though, after all you are really there for the great show! A pleasant surprise at both places was that the creamy vegetable soups they serve are gluten-free. My daughter loves the soups, so that was great! I would love to find the mix for these soups to fix here at home...we all know how hard it is to find a good creamy, gluten-free soup! Our experience in the Smokey Mountains was that eating GF was not too hard. There are so many restaurants and everyone is so nice that we were able to find good meals for her without too much trouble. An interesting fact...when we mentioned to the servers at the various restaurants that one of us had to avoid gluten, many of them knew what we were talking about or knew someone with CD. It makes things soooo much easier when people understand the problem!

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