Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gluten-Free Tip: TAKE A CRUISE

If you want to travel but worry about the gluten-free issues, consider taking a cruise. All the major cruise lines – Celebrity, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean – all claim to accommodate the GF diet. However, you must notify them in writing up to four weeks in advance of the cruise (contact individual cruise lines for their specific guidelines). It is also recommended that you bring your own GF snacks on board for between meals (as the on-going buffets will most likely not accommodate the GF diner). And lastly, introduce yourself to the dining room hostess or maitre d at your first meal to make sure everything goes smoothly. From quick weekend getaway specials to luxurious excursions, many online GF bloggers boast of wonderful stress-free experiences on cruises (including homemade GF breads, pastries, and desserts). One last tip – in case of some mix-up, don’t forget to bring copies aboard of your pre-boarding correspondence with the cruise line office, as well as a letter from your doctor verifying your gluten-free requirement. Bon Voyage!

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