River Cruise Moscow To St. Petersburg
Posted 29 July 2007 - 04:16 PM
My wife and I (I am a new celiac) plan to do a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg in Sept/Oct. I am very concerned about my situation and would like to learn from you who have been on a trip similar to this. This trip is organized by Viking River Cruises.
From reading the comments in this forum, I understand that I need to talk to the cruise line, to the people managing food on board the cruise ship, to the tour guide, etc. I was also thinking about bringing my own food (very cumbersome), rice, rice cooker, etc.
Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:55 AM
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 05:11 PM
Thank you very much for the feedback. I will post my experiences after I get back from our trip in September.
Many readers suggested bringing such things as gluten free bars that you can get from Whole Foods, Trail Mixes, etc. Unfortunately, I found out that I am also sensitive to dried fruits. I tried dried appricots, dates (beautiful, large and delicious ones from California) and got into big D.
Recently I found out that I seem to develop lactose intolerance. Loved cheese and yogurt, but, can't have them anymore. I was diagnosed with Celiac in Nov 2005. Had no problem with lactose until recently.
I also found that I cannot tolerate certain nuts, such as smoked almonds. I understand many bars use nuts and dried fruits. I plan to try some of them shortly.
Is this unusual, or are there readers with the same problem ? This makes it difficult when flying long distance.
Posted 14 May 2008 - 07:50 PM
My wife and I did the Moscow - St. Petersburg river cruise with Viking River Cruises. We had a fabulous experience, not one accident. The cruise ship crew was fantastic looking after my diet.
Here is what I did:
1. I went into MENUDATA.com and get a free translation in Russian of the stuff I cannot have.
2. As soon as we got on board, I went to see the dining room's maitre d' and gave him a copy of the printed the translation.
3. He identified me as #5 (lactose intolerant) and #6 (gluten free) from his mater list. Told me to tell the wait staff of my numbers each time I came for a meal, and promised to make a special meal.
4. True to his word, I never had an accident. Even the box lunches that they prepared were gluten free. After a couple of days, they all knew me.
Naturally I tipped them generously for their detailed attention.
We brought a lot of Lara Bars, Jerky (only Oberto as it is MSG free), etc. Didn't touch them too much.
We flew Lufthanza and requested a special diet. They faithfully provided me with the fruit platter meals that I requested.
That was my pleasant experience, and the river cruise ? It was fantastic.
I hope this experience is helpful to those who wants to go to Russia.
Posted 15 May 2008 - 07:35 AM
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:10 PM
So glad to read a positive report about a river boat cruise in Russia. I do note that these posts are rather old. Does anyone have updated information on the availability of gluten-free in Russia - specifically Moscow and St. Petersburg? I've had one tour company tell me that gluten-free food may not be available, even in the big cities. I'd appreciate any updated info. BTW, I posted on Fodor's Russia forum over a month ago and have had no responses. Sigh.....Thanks much.
Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:18 PM
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