Gluten Free Cruising With Norwegian


My husband and I are fortunate to have taken our very first cruise this year on the Norwegian Getaway.  I am excited to tell you about Gluten Free Cruising With Norwegian.  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 knowledgeable and very kind too! Did I mention the beaches? LOVELY!




Ok, I know!  This post is supposed to be about gluten-free cruising!


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.


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 in.  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 recorded of what I ate on just one day.


Gluten Free Cruising With Norwegian



fresh fruit platter

gluten-free french toast


gluten-free blueberry muffin


orange juice



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

crab salad

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 CRUISE 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.

About The Author

Janelle Esker

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.


  1. Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life | 21st Nov 14

    OK………can we just start with I can’t believe you’ve been married 25 years! I remember you sitting in your RA dorm room planning your wedding like it was yesterday. I do not eat a gluten-free diet, but travel really worries me because my change to real food started with horrible digestive issues. I can really relate to your fear of being ill on your trip. Good to know that they were able to help you in such a pleasant manner. 25 years…………you look exactly the same. I just can’t believe it!!

    • Janelle Esker | 21st Nov 14

      Thanks Christina…there is no way I look the same! You are however VERY SWEET for saying so! As added information, Norwegian can cook for any diet. Vegan, whole food…you name it!

  2. Lymari | 4th Mar 17

    Hi Jannelle,
    I’ve been gluten free fro about three years now. I have not been on the Norweigian, but I had a similar experience with Royal Caribean.. They were excellent; the one thing I remember the most is sitting at the breakfast hall on about the third day and the waiter, whom I hadn’t met or told him I needed gluten foods, knew exactly I needed my gluten breakfast… ?. My whole family was amazed… I think cruises in general take the allergies very seriously; food is there big sell so I guess they make everyone feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing though, I’ve been considering trying the Norweigian cruises too!

    • Janelle Esker | 7th Mar 17

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Lymari! I am excited to try Royal Caribean in the future…it is so good to have options!

  3. Wordpress Hosting | 2nd Jul 17

    Ughh I don’t even know what to say, thanks!

    • Janelle Esker | 4th Jul 17

      Your welcome! Here’s hoping this will help you have a WONDERFUL cruise!

  4. Kelley Vanoort | 28th Aug 17

    Wow, Wonderful post, I’m a vegan myself…

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