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rajawali

Member Since 10 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active May 14 2008 08:07 PM
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In Topic: Viking River Cruises

14 May 2008 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for posting! Its good to hear of a successful experience. I'm considering them but had heard you couldn't get gluten free food due to the language barrier.

Rajawali could you post also when you get back with both good and bad experiences so we can see if this was an exception? I also want to do a Moscow - St. Petersburg.

Thanks,
Michelle



Michelle,

I apologize for the tardiness in posting my experiences on the Moscow-St.Petersburg cruise on Viking. Please refer to my response that I entered today (5/14/08): "River Cruise Moscow to St. Petersburg".

Thanks.

Rajawali

In Topic: Viking River Cruises

14 May 2008 - 08:00 PM

Thanks for posting! Its good to hear of a successful experience. I'm considering them but had heard you couldn't get gluten free food due to the language barrier.

Rajawali could you post also when you get back with both good and bad experiences so we can see if this was an exception? I also want to do a Moscow - St. Petersburg.

Thanks,
Michelle


In Topic: River Cruise Moscow To St. Petersburg

14 May 2008 - 07:50 PM

Dear fellow Celiac sufferers,

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.

Rajawali

In Topic: Gf Beer In Ireland North Or South

14 May 2008 - 07:19 PM

I haven't had a beer for a year and I have serious withdrawal symptoms. I read in the Irish Coeliac Society that the Sainsburys supermarket chain stocks it but I have not succeeded in finding any. Does anyone know where I could buy gluten-free beer in Ireland north or South?



Hello Brian,

I don't know if you can import beer from the US. We have "Red Bridge", a beer made of SORGHUM by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. It tastes somewhat like dark beer. To me it tastes pretty decent. Hey, beggars are not choosers. This is the only beer that I can have.

Here is a link to their website: www.redbridgebeer.com

Good luck,

Rajawali

In Topic: Viking River Cruises

06 September 2007 - 05:36 PM

Thanks for posting! Its good to hear of a successful experience. I'm considering them but had heard you couldn't get gluten free food due to the language barrier.

Rajawali could you post also when you get back with both good and bad experiences so we can see if this was an exception? I also want to do a Moscow - St. Petersburg.

Thanks,
Michelle


Michelle,

I will post my experiences when we return early in October.

Rajawali.