I am taking my son who has celiac disease (which means he can not have any gluten) on the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston over Christmas break. Any recommendation, helpful hints, etc for making the most of gluten free dining while on the ship?
First the direct info....from Special Requirements | Guests With Disabilities |Carnival Cruise Lines Dietary Needs Carnival Cruise Lines can provide our guests with the following special dietary needs: Vegetarian, Low-Cholesterol, Low-Fat, Low-Carbohydrates, Low-Sugar, Gluten Free, Indian Vegetarian and Kosher. If you have food allergies, please advise your dining staff once onboard.
We can indeed help you with your diet requests and the first thing is to call the Guest Access Services desk at Carnival.
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My mom needs a gluten free diet and I have used the form that needs to be filled out for such things.
I must say we were very impressed with everything. The crew of the Conquest provided everything we were promised and more. My daughter, Kaylin had a fabulous hostess, Aysu, who made sure all of her food was prepared to our specifications (Gluten and Casein Free), and she became a great friend of our family.
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Back in the days of the Big Red Boat (Premier Cruiselines) a friend of mine organized a Celiacs Cruise and worked with the chef to have an excellent variety of gluten free meals. I'm sure you don't need to be reminded but be careful in port too. Often excursions will include some sort of "treat".
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I would treat every meal on the cruise ship the same way you do when go "out to eat" at a restaurant back at home.
While filling out the special needs form is a good start....
you need to book a SET dining time for dinner. This way you will have a set "team" and increase your chances of them being informed and responsible to your son's needs.
I would also recommend that you have a detailed discussion with the Maitre D' , Asst MD, Hostess in addition to the Waiter and Assist Waiter.
The more people you put between your child and the food that are aware...the better.
This is also only dealing with the meals in the Main Dining Room....which is where your best controls will be.
I know that the Main Dining Room is not open for lunch on Port Days....so any dining not in the MDR is going to present an entirely different set of issues.
For those occasions where the MDR is not available...I would check and see IF the pizza folks can make him proper pizza...but I would not expect the same level of controls at the buffet area or other food stations.
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I found that the Lido buffet is okay as well. What I did was ask for the chef who looked after the buffet. He came out and went around with me and then made me something. Funny thing was we were going to the Steak house that night and he was the chef there that night. It was great. He had some treats ready for me.