Cruising Gluten Free on Carnival

gluten free on carnival

Traveling anywhere with Celiac disease can be anxiety-producing.  A vacation is meant for relaxation and enjoyment. But when a tiny bit of food can throw your body into a nasty tailspin, it can be difficult to stay carefree. Carnival cruises removed that fear for me.

You can absolutely eat gluten free on Carnival. And if you’re not worried about food, you get to spend your time worrying about one thing only:

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I went on two cruises to Mexico recently. One was the 3-day, one was the 4-day. (Read about the ports of call: Ensenada, Mexico and Catalina Island) Everytime I was on the ship, I had a great selection of Gluten Free Food and knowledgeable staff members ready to assist me.

Breakfast

Each morning I would either grab a hard-boiled egg or go to the Omelet station. There are no Gluten-filled ingredients at the Omelet bar, so I wasn’t afraid of contamination. I’d have eggs with all the veggies you could want, ham, bacon, and cheese. Then I’d grab a yogurt, some fruit, and a piece of Gluten Free bread.

Lunch

Carnival carries Gluten Free pizza crust and Gluten Free sandwich bread. I was so impressed by their attention to preventing contamination. I went to the panini station one day and ordered a ham and cheese sandwich on Gluten Free bread. Without a word from me, the employee changed his gloves AND washed the utensils and the panini press. Very well done, Carnival, very well done. Also, a well-stocked salad bar can add to a filling, healthy lunch.

Dinner

Dinner was the most impressive part. On the first night of each cruise, my waiter would list off all the naturally Gluten Free dishes. Then, after my meal that night (and each night after) I was given the dinner menu for the following night so I could order anything I wanted. They custom-made each order to be Gluten Free. I enjoyed dishes like GF escargot, frog legs, pork chops, fish, and even a molten chocolate cake (I may have had that cake every night)! I would also be given Gluten Free bread at the beginning of each meal. I was made to feel as though I was dining in luxury just like everyone else.

Extras (AKA all the good stuff!)

Aside from Gluten Free food, the bar also carried Angry Orchard Hard Cider and a Gluten Free beer, along with a full bar (For a comprehensive list of GF Alcohol click here). There is always chocolate and vanilla ice cream available, if you’re desiring a quick sugar high.

Not only was I provided an entirely Gluten Free experience on the cruise, but I was also provided with delicious food. Worry-free and tasty. I highly recommend a Carnival cruise to any Gluten Freer!

12 thoughts on “Cruising Gluten Free on Carnival

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  • July 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm
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    Thank you so much. I keep reading reviews like this and it’s making me feel MUCH better about our trip on Carnival. Sounds wonderful!

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    • July 13, 2015 at 8:05 am
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      It is a great experience!!!

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  • August 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm
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    This makes me happy…cruising in November for the 1st time, and have been worried about the GF options. Hope they continue to serve this need as well as you described!

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    • August 25, 2015 at 10:28 am
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      You should be good to go!! I’ve loved all the food options each time :)

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    • September 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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      Hi Christie! Yes!! I’d highly recommend Carnival for Gluten Free eaters. My mother (also Celiac) went on a Royal Caribbean cruise recently and had a great experience as well!

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  • September 6, 2015 at 12:34 am
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    The only issue I had when cruising gluten free was the evening meal deserts. As you say gluten free molten chocolate cake yes BUT if you don’t like chocolate which I do not then you are very limited. They kept bringing me fruit when what I ordered couldn’t be made gluten free. They need to improve in that area cause fruit and ice cream get old on a 14 day cruise.

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    • September 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm
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      I have never taken a 14 day cruise – so I’m sure the options felt limiting. As a chocolate ADDICT, I had no problem eating the cake each night – but you’re so right, there should be more options!

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  • September 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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    Good information, good to know gluten free is readly available and I will be taking advanage of it.

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    • September 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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      Yes! I’ve heard it’s readily available on Royal Caribbean too – though I haven’t experienced it myself!

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