We are so inspired by the tremendous response and feedback we’ve received from so many of you! We also understand there are lots of questions.
To be proactive and to try and address any inquiries you may have in a timely fashion, we’re providing the information below that summarizes the onboard discussions we’ve had with the Royal Caribbean team as well as the many discussions we’ve had since our tour of the Mariner of the Seas this past January.
If you haven’t already, please be sure to reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of this page!
- Royal Caribbean takes Celiac Disease VERY SERIOUSLY. All chefs, sous chefs, bakers, servers, bus boys, etc. will be undergoing specific training to ensure they understand the needs of those with Celiac as well as understand the precautions necessary to eliminate risks of cross-contamination.
- Royal Caribbean makes their own Gluten Free bread onboard, baked daily each morning in specified ovens.
- They will be creating special menus with Royal Caribbean’s culinary team to offer guests numerous options daily. Inclusive of varying appetizers, entrees and desserts. Menus will be reviewed, approved and posted in upcoming months.
- We will have designated spaces in all dining areas of the ship, as well as in the Windjammer buffet area. All areas will be clearly marked with “Celiac Cruise”.
- Royal Caribbean will be prepared to accommodate additional dietary restrictions in addition to “Celiac Disease”. Please make this known when you book your cruise so we can inform the cruise line.
- Royal Caribbean will create a team of “Celiac Servers” who will be dedicated to serving and working ONLY with our group to further decrease risk of Cross-Contamination. They will have specific buttons on their uniforms designating them as “Celiac” servers.
- Every crew member (20,000+) at Royal Caribbean is trained on ”dine aware” which is a food allergy communication training system for hospitality companies.
- On Royal Caribbean’s private island “Coco Cay”, we will have specific areas and servers to prepare, cook and serve Celiac-safe food.
- At the ice cream station on the pool deck, Gluten Free ice cream cones and/or disposable bowls will be provided.
- Upon boarding the ship, we will have a Meet & Greet with the Executive Chef where all protocol, plans, and dietary concerns will be discussed.
- Optional “Celiac” Bracelets will be distributed at the Meet & Greet to decrease ongoing need for conversations at meal times.
- All Gluten Free food will be prepared and cooked in a dedicated space. Additionally, dedicated fryers are in place.
- We will have multiple opportunities for adults, families and children to socialize, share stories and learn from one another during this sailing.
- Daniel Mallon, Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and on faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will present on “The Past, Present & Future of Celiac Disease”. Dr. Mallon also serves as Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Fellowship Program Director for the GI Fellowship.
- Celiac Cruise will offer child directed activities on being “Gluten Free”. These will include crafts, cooking demonstrations and social/play opportunities.
Executives at Royal Caribbean understand and recognize the serious nature of Celiac Disease. We have heard them state many times “No one should have to feel different or restricted on their vacation, we will ensure that guests feel no different despite their Celiac Disease”.
No one should have to feel different or restricted on their vacation. We want our passengers to enjoy everything the ship has to offer, and that is the goal for our guests with Celiac Disease