Cruise ship cuisine - gluten-free dining on the Independence of the Seas
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Ports of Call: Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica
Specialties: Buffet, dining room, specialty dining (additional charge), fast food (additional charge)
Gluten free: Excellent menu in the dining room, no labeling in the buffet
Other: Room service is available at no extra charge. This is a great option for early mornings in port.
Three women, one stateroom, and five days of dancing on the first ever Zumba Cruise . . . what could possibly go wrong? <wink> Traveling with a restricted diet, I am always a little uneasy about dining options. Will they have anything gluten-free? Can I trust the kitchen staff to take appropriate care in preparing my food? I had visions of being stuck on a floating resort, wasting away and hangry while surrounded by the most enticing gluten-filled food known to humankind. Food allergies and intolerances are becoming more prevalent and many companies — including cruise lines — are doing their best to accommodate high maintenance eaters. Royal Caribbean is no exception. Food is a big deal on cruises. There's a lot of it, it's readily available, and with a few exceptions, it's included in the cost of the cruise.
Here's what I found on board the Independence of the Seas.
A note to readers:
I am gluten sensitive/intolerant so I am not overly concerned with possible cross contamination. If you have severe reactions, I recommend taking additional precautions.