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Old 10-15-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
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DCL and Dietary Needs?

Hi all, we are looking to book a cruise and are trying to wade our way through all of this info on the DIS. My question is, how are the DCL's with dietary needs. I will be cruising with DD who has Celiac and was wondering how the cruises do with it? I know we have been to the parks a number of time since my DD diagnoses in 2010. The parks and resorts do a fantastic job of dealing with the dietary needs. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with this on the CL? I mean, I can't imagine they don't do a good job of it, but I am still curious.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:39 AM   #2
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I will be cruising with DD who has Celiac and was wondering how the cruises do with it?
Here are a few relevant threads from the recent past in terms of gluten-free diet and food allergies in general:

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3303019
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3332055
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3335806
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3339308
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:53 AM   #3
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You have to be proactive and patient, as you know special preparations take time. Your head server will be your primary contact for allergy purposes in the main dining room.

They are great if you know what you need and how to ask for it.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:58 AM   #4
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Make sure to have a note in your reservation and send in the special needs form and they will take very good care of your family. My DS has multiple food allergies and has never gone hungry. If your DD likes certain items and brands write them down specifically on your form so that they can try to have them available for her.
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You have to be proactive and patient, as you know special preparations take time. Your head server will be your primary contact for allergy purposes in the main dining room.

They are great if you know what you need and how to ask for it.
Aye, there's the rub!

I haven't figured this part out yet and have hit snags on both my cruises on the Dream and the Fantasy. Yes, they eventually got it together and everything was fabulous.......eventually. The first day/evening on the Dream was tough, and it took the serving team/chef TWO full days to get it good on the Fantasy. Still worked out well, still loved our serving teams, still had an magical dining experience, still had our needs met. Just wishing I knew the magic words to have a smoother transition for our next cruise.

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I would send and email/fax ahead of time with the specific dietary needs and what is needed by brand if apllicable. I would also find your dining rotation and go to that restaurant early to order your meal the first day's dinner. Ask for a menu at dinner for the next night and pre-order so that they can make any changes necessary to accommodate your needs. You can look at the menus ahead of time at http://http://disneycruiselineblog.com/menus/ to get a better idea of what is offered.
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We spent 2 weeks on the Wonder last year on the PC cruise. My DD, who has celiac turned 11 on the cruise. They treated her like a princess for 2 weeks. I even special ordered a GF Mickey shaped cake for her birthday.
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Usually with just one allergy (like celiac, so no gluten) it's pretty easy. It's multiple allergies that can be more problematic just because it is harder to accommodate.

IME, the crew on the Fantasy were wonderful in accommodating my gluten allergy. I felt the desserts were a bit lacking in variety, but they still had them for me. They had me pre-order dinner the night before, which was handy. When I went to an MDR for breakfast or lunch they always sent someone over to talk to me and made me food that was safe to eat. I did not have a reaction the entire trip.
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Thanks everyone for your help. We are used to the parks and dealing with Celiac there. And we were pretty sure the cruises would be just as accommodating. So it is nice and reassuring to see positive feed back. Another question we had was about the counter service they offer on board. How was the selections from these locations? We have read somewhere that they really didn't have any thing to chose from? Is this true? Again thanks for the insight and advice.
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Thanks everyone for your help. We are used to the parks and dealing with Celiac there. And we were pretty sure the cruises would be just as accommodating. So it is nice and reassuring to see positive feed back. Another question we had was about the counter service they offer on board. How was the selections from these locations? We have read somewhere that they really didn't have any thing to chose from? Is this true? Again thanks for the insight and advice.
They do have options, but you have to ask. They will do a dedicated gf fryer (if they don't have it set up the first day and ask) so that you can have fries. And when we went they had gf buns and gf pizza, but you had to request it, it was not on the menu.

The only place there wasn't allergy friendly stuff from was room service.
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