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Old June 15th, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Default Special Dietary Needs, i.e. Gluten Free

While all the cruise lines "try to accomodate" my wife's dietary needs, we've found that not only are some cruise lines better then others but some ships within the same cruise line are more accomodating and aware of what's required than other ships of the same line...

We travel mostly Celebrity, RCCL and Princess...(25+ Cruises)...

The question is, "Is it possible to ensure a "consistant level" of gluten free food quality/menu choice and staff awareness for this dietary need at least at the cruise line level?"

I realize it's a tough question but any advice you can provide would be appreciated...Thanks...
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Old June 15th, 2011, 11:13 PM
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One does not normally choose to follow a gluten free diet .It is however ,something prexctibed by a physician .Therefore ,one should consult with said physician to determine what she or he should do on a cruise .

I have been on a gluten free diet for 7 years .My doctor is of the belief that if I take my medicine I can cruise without being on gluten free foods . I have never had a problem eating regular foods .
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Lou,
I would certainly ask your travel agent about the dietary needs of your wife and see what options there are, also talking to her doctor.... I am sure there will be plenty to choose from. May-be a follow up call to the cruiseline is in order, just to insure there will be safe foods for her. Best of luck and happy cruising.
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i think that the cruise lines do a pretty good job of trying to accomodate dietary needs, but i am sure that you realize that they are dealing with thousands of passengers,your best bet is to contact your doctor, get a doctors note, pass that along to your travel agent so that they can contact the special services department of the cruise line , and then you should go see the Maitre D right away once you board the ship,make him aware of your needs, and take it one step further, talk to the lead waiter on your wait team. If you have an awesome lead waiter he will remember and will make suggestions for you, otherwise you may need to ask your waiter before ordering
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In response to Henry43's post above....
My wife was diagnosed w/Celiac Disease approx 6 years ago. The diagnosis was confirmed after a biopsy of the small intestine. According to various Gastrointestinal Specialists (doctors) along with several Celiac support groups there is no known medication that would allow someone with this disease to have the ability to eat any wheat, along with several other grain products with no serious intestinal consequences .. If you or your doctor have a cure pls pass it on so the thousands(and growing) Celiac patients can benefit from it. ..My question was simply how we can ensure consistant food quality and crew awareness of this disease..we've been on ships where the crew went out of their way to accomodate her while on others from the same line seemed insensitive..

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Old June 16th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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In response to Henry43's post above....
My wife was diagnosed w/Celiac Disease approx 6 years ago. The diagnosis was confirmed after a biopsy of the small intestine. According to various Gastrointestinal Specialists (doctors) along with several Celiac support groups there is no known medication that would allow someone with this disease to have the ability to eat any wheat, along with several other grain products with no serious intestinal consequences .. If you or your doctor have a cure pls pass it on so the thousands(and growing) Celiac patients can benefit from it. ..My question was simply how we can ensure consistant food quality and crew awareness of this disease..we've been on ships where the crew went out of their way to accomodate her while on others from the same line seemed insensitive..
I responded to your PM . As I have posted numerous times on CM I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis and not celiac disease .
I have been on medication since I was diagnosed and will be on medication for the rest of my life .
Even though my Gastroenterologist is of the belief that if I take my 6 pills a day I can eat anything I try to follow good health principles and I do not eat or try not to eat bread ,juices ,milk, soda and other things as I suffer from 3 other ailments for which I do not take medication and because I choose not to do so I have to watch what I eat.
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