My husband and I are fortunate to have taken our very first cruise this year on the Norwegian Getaway. We were blessed in many ways but mostly because this was a gift to us from my mother and father in law. THANK YOU JOAN AND MIKE!
We celebrated 25 years of marriage by “getting away” for a week at sea traveling to lands never before seen. To say it was magical would be an understatement. We took the cruise in May and I still think of our spectacular time aboard the Norwegian Getaway daily. I find myself comparing the coffee I drink at home to the coffee served on board the ship. That thought leads me to another thought of how peaceful the cobalt blue waters were and then I think of how the scenery was breathtaking! My favorite part of the day was to have coffee on our balcony with my husband, reading our Bibles, soaking in the sun and listening to the peaceful waters that God created. The whole experience was rejuvenating!
We enjoyed ourselves… the water slides, excellent service, fireworks and the shows. The day trips to St. Martin, St. Thomas and the Bahama’s were educational, fun and a study in beauty in regard to tropical plants and landscape. I loved learning about the history of each island! Each tour guide was amazingly knowledgable and very kind too! Did I mention the beaches? LOVELY!
Ok…I know! This post is suppose to be about gluten-free cruising!
LET ME BE HONEST WITH YOU…I WAS SCARED TO GO ON THIS CRUISE!
Having celiac disease does not make traveling easy. The last thing I wanted was to be sick on board the ship on my 25th anniversary trip. I was determined to eat salad the whole time to avoid being sick. I was sad because I had heard that a big part of cruising was the food.
NOW HERE IS THE EXCITING PART…I DIDN’T GET SICK ONCE!
Do I really need to say more?
I will say more though… much, much more about the INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS MOUTH WATERING GLUTEN-FREE FOOD I was served on board the Norwegian Getaway.
Oh! The food! I was blown away by all the gluten-free options at every single meal!
This is how it worked. The first day I told the maitre d’ that I needed to eat gluten-free. He was so pleasant…”No problem” he said! We have our very own cook just for people with allergies! I looked at the menu for the next day every evening after dinner. I chose my meals and they made the dishes gluten-free. Sound easy? It was. This is a big shout out to Rodney our maitre d’ who cared so diligently for me during our cruise. Now, here is something even more impressive. I did not have to even tell them which dining room I was eating at. They could have it delivered to any place I chose to eat. Yes…even room service!!
I kept a journal during my anniversary trip. I wrote down every meal I ate on the cruise. The food was that good! Here is a recored of what I ate on just one day.
fresh fruit platter
gluten-free french toast
gluten-free blueberry muffin
salad greens with vegetables and chicken
gluten-free vegetable seasoned pizza (It was freshly made!)
for dessert…poached peaches with almonds and vanilla bean cream sauce
gluten-free warm bread assortment
beef filet mignon
sautéed vegetables and mushrooms
garlic mashed potatoes
for dessert…carmel flan with fresh berries
I am unable to recall the last time I encountered perfection? For this review however, I can use no other word but PERFECT. I award Norwegian Cruise Lines a 5 Star for their outstanding service to gluten-free individuals.
I am counting the days until my next cruise, this time with my whole family! Six of which have Celiac Disease. Thank you NORWEGIAN CRISE LINE!
Interested in gluten-free cruising? Check out Norwegian Cruise Line.
I would love to hear about how you travel and manage a gluten-free lifestyle?
*The opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this post.
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.