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Disney Cruise Review - Wow !

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Imagine going to eat a 4 course meal for supper every night and know you won't get glutened. A fancy 4 course meal.

Wow....!

Same goes for any food eaten in the main dining rooms (there are 3). I was also able to eat lunch and dinner in the dining room - with servers and head hosts who double checked my food to make sure I didn't get glutened. OMG....from lobster to tenderloin to creme brulee to duck salad...

There was also gluten-free bread served - you know at the beginning of a meal when everyone else is eating bread ? Nice.

I had read that Disney was great for celiacs - and were they ever. I mean, I NEVER got glutened the whole trip, not once...rare for me. What's even better is that after the first day I wasn't worried about it - not second guessing if the meal would get me.

Of course, not everything was safe - there was a pizzeria, a burger & fries type place, and the buffets, as always, were potentially "dangerous" - as a celiac there will always be food we get to look at but not touch.

The customer service at Disney surpasses other cruises - talked with people who could compare. Might just have to go on another one - when my daughter graduates we promised her a trip, might be a good option !!!!

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I'm so glad that you had a good time..and let us know about it. It must have been like a REAL vacation...you didn't have to worry about food the whole time?! ;)

The thought of going on a trip anywhere really scares me. I've only been out to eat once since my Dx and it was a nightmare. :(

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Is disney cruise a good one for older "kids" (i'm 21 but a kid at heart)?

I'd consider going on one with this type of survice.

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I was just logging in here to type my own review of my Disney cruise! We went on a 7 night cruise with DCL and just got back a week ago. Myself and DD (age 5) both have celiac and we were well taken care of by the staff. I can't say enough about our wonderful dining experience.

First, the rolls at dinner each night are delicious and served warm! We were able to place our dinner order for the next night before we left the restaurant each night. Dessert was always a surprise as the chef would make something new each day. Every dessert was delicious. We had creme brule, rice pudding, chocolate lava cake, and many others. Our daughter sometimes opted for the Mickey icecream bar instead of the more sophisticated dessert, but they would always bring her dessert to the table so that I could take one back to the room for later. The main courses were delicious and not once did I have to worry about cc as they are very aware of the issue and have a separate kitchen for special orders such as ours. Like most kids, DD can be picky about her food. They were able to make her breaded gluten-free chicken tenders, steamed broccoli (her favourite), and rice or potato without any problems. They even had "Chef Mickey" make it for her so that made them extra special and she cleared her plate. :)

Since our daughter wanted to swim in the pool a lot, we ended up having breakfast and lunch at the poolside "fast food" type places and/or the buffet. The chef for all the poolside restaurants was aware of our needs and walked me through the options. DD was able to eat hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, and taco fries. The chef even made sure there were gluten-free hotdog and hamburg buns available poolside! Once he knew we were eating up there for breakfast each day, he brought gluten-free muffins and donuts (cinnamon and glazed - yum!) up from the main kitchen to the poolside area. There was always lots of fresh fruit, salads, and cheese available too. One day, my husband woke up early and asked if we could have pancakes poolside when we woke up and they made it happen!

I highly recommend DCL for anybody with celiac.

There were many teens on the ship and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. There are special activities and a teen club with youth activity counsellors for the teens.

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There is an adults only pool, spa, bars, and restaurant. There were lots of adult only families on the ship.

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I really think that if DH & I just went on a cruise, I would still go with Disney. Of course, the gluten-free options would be a big deciding factor, but from what others said the shows & service were better than other cruises. And yes, we did run in to folks who were cruising for their 8th or 9th time and were not cruising with kids. There are shows for the kids but also only for the adults - karaoke, ventriliquist, and a comdedian just to name a few.

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