Carnival Cruises--accomodating To Celiacs? in Traveling with Celiac Disease Posted July 10, 2006 · Report to Admin We are planning a cruise on the Carnival Legend and I have received conflicting information from Carnival on whether they will accomodate a gluten-free diet. Initially, I was told yes, just discuss it with your waiter; then, when I checked back again, I was told a flat no that they cannot provide a gluthen free menu. I'm not sure if they think that I was asking for "special" food, rather than food preparation that was modified. (I can live without gluten-free bread/pasta for a week) Has anyone had experience with Carnival? Was the waitstaff responsive to helping with menu selections/preparation? Thanks. I have mixed reviews on Carnival. I ate most meals in the dining room and, as described by others, the hostess brought me the next evening's menu so we could go over it. I never got sick. However, the food was not particularly special. They were worried about sauces & such, so I ate a lot of very plain food. But they definitely had the approach of "when in doubt, leave it out." So kudos for that. On the other hand, the spiffy restaurant really blew me away,(I wasn't on the Legend, so I don't know what the equivalent would be. "Captain's Club" or something like that). It was small & cozy, and the service was fabulous. The server paid attention, the food was wonderful, and the sommalier recommended a great wine. I think the staff and chef had a lot fewer people to attend to, so they could be far more creative than "just leave the sauce off." There was even a lovely and decadent chocolate dessert. That was the only restaurant my sweetie & I tried, and I think it was the smallest of the options. We did have to make a reservation. If we weren't with a large family group, we would've gone back a few times. I realize that on a cruise you're already shelling out a lot of money to be there, but I'd reccommend spending the additional funds for at least one meal at the spiffy reservation-only restaurant. It was still significantly cheaper than the equivalent meal would've been at a restaurant at home. And it helped me feel less sorry for myself when everyone else in the dining room was enjoying tastier fare than plain chicken with veggies. As far as the buffet stuff, there was always plenty of fruit and salads (bring dressing?). For morning breakfasts, there was an omelet station, and again, plenty of fruit. Sure, I got jealous of everyone eating ice cream and pizza all the time... but I consoled myself by thinking they'd come home complaining about how much weight they gained on the cruise. Let us all know how your experience goes/went.