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 Post subject: Cruising with allergies
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:25 pm 

Joined: Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:21 am
Posts: 6
Location: Ottawa, ON Canada
Hi everyone,
I'm thinking of possibly going on a cruise to the Caribbean in December. I called Carnival cruises (most affordable) and they said that they would fully accommodate my son at all the meals. Everything sounded good on the phone with them saying they would work it all out with the restaurants etc.. .and advised us to only have my son eat the specially prepared foods for him. Anyhow, wondering if anyone else has experience cruising with food allergies.

1 1/2 Year old Son. Anaphylatic: Peanuts, Tree nuts, eggs. Staying away from Shell fish

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:51 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
No doubt by now you've scrolled through this section and read the posts under various cruise companies.

It seems that it has been successfully done so I'm sure you can do it as well.

The secret to a successful (safe) trip is planning and communicating with the various levels of services involved.

You have contacted them and they seem to beable to accomidate. Be sure to bring several auto-injector (just in case) and remind the cruise staff again when boarding and when first dining. Maybe you can meet the chef?

I would plan to pack some snacks (just in case).

It sounds very exciting!

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:31 am 

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:17 pm
Posts: 288
Location: Niagara region, Ontario
I have cruised on the Disney Cruise Line twice and they were very good--very accommodateing. My husband was joking that I'd run away with my server because he took such good care of me. Hope you have a good experience too.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:06 pm 

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 4:27 pm
Posts: 300
Location: Montreal
I had an amazing experience on Royal Carribean! After the first night in the dining room, every other time we went, the wait staff told me what I could/couldn't pick from the menu and made sure that everything was prepared in a clean area, just like for people who need to eat kosher. I pretty much felt like I had no allergies on this trip because I barely had to remind them (just always asked to confirm that things were ok). I was 90% worry free and food wise, this really was probably the best vacation EVER! Also, they have a good medical area with epi-pens and my cousin who worked on the ship at the time gave us a behind the scenes they have a helicopter landing pad on the top deck in case anyone would ever need to be transported to a hospital.
Definitely do the cruise, it's memorable and safe :D

Associate Editor at Allergic Living.
Allergies to all nuts and legumes except soy and green beans.

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