Cruising with food allergies
I am considering a cruise trip to Noumea New Caledonia, and I was wandering the same thing. Does someone have any allergy on a cruise ship experience? What foods to avoid?
I have been on several cruise lines and agree that Disney Cruise Line is best! However, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have both upped their game recently and have been great at handling allergy meals. Princess is hit or miss though most people I know have had great experiences over and over again. Generally, you have eat exclusively at the table service restaurants, not the buffets - though Disney has a system set up for buffets that allows you to have a chef prepare food in the back. Another thing you really need to watch out for is the quality of medical facilities onboard, and whether or not kids club counsellors are trained and allowed to use EpiPens. River cruises, for example, have neither medical facilities nor doctors onboard their ships and rely on medical services on shore -- which is time consuming.
There's a company called Food Allergy Concierge that have a service of supervising the preparation and serving of the meals for people with food allergies wile travelling.
check out their web site http://www.foodallergyconcierge.com/
We went to Princess Cruise last summer, we put the special notes about my son's allergies when we register, and also when we booked the dinner time on line. During the cruising, my son also wear his Allerbling with all the allergy charms on it.
Princess Cruise team were very helpful, they come to see us before the dinner, and offered the special menu to my son, we had a great time. My tips are making sure to notes the cruising line ahead of time, ask question if you are not sure, don't take risk. Wear the Allergy Bracelet with their allergies, even kids forgot to ask, people will ask to help.
Qunli - www.allerbling.com
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