I wanted to share our Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Review. We are home from the most amazing vacation where I enjoyed all of the gluten free food. Last year we cruised on the Oasis of the Seas and loved it so much we decided to book the same cruise again! To change it up a big we chose the Allure of the Seas ship instead. We love to cruise because all of the food and entertainment that is included and you get see so many different places but with the comfort of only having to unpack once. In addition because I am gluten free it is easy to cruise and not have a concern because of the accommodations that Royal Caribbean makes.
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Review
Once arriving onto the ship I went to the dining room to confirm with the maitre'd that they did in fact know that I was gluten free and that they did have that on my reservation. Taking this step when you have a food allergy is always key in making sure your first night of dining is a success. Always go and confirm your table and seating location because you don't want any surprises in the dining room.
Each night I would pre-order my dinner selection for the next night to expedite the cooking process. It worked really well. I was provided menus that labeled what was gluten free which was a change from the year prior. I was THRILLED with the assortment of gluten free foods though (including breads and desserts) that I was provided.
Each morning for breakfast I had the choice of gluten free pancakes, french toast or bread and muffins (in addition to eggs, omelets and bacon). Of course there was also fresh fruit and other options. I was THRILLED with my gluten free choices and they also made me gluten free blueberry pancakes too (which I loved).
For lunch it was best to eat in the dining room to be sure there was no cross contamination. They had an excellent salad bar and buffet plus you could order from the menu. There was also a Windjammer Cafe that you could eat at however there was more concern with cross contamination and labeling (not knowing if was gluten free or not). However I did eat a salad and carved meats with no concern. I did specifically ask about the mashed potatoes in the dining room and cafe and they contain FLOUR so be sure not to eat them (or ask). If you ask in the Windjammer Cafe the manager will actually help you in making meal choices that are gluten free! That was really nice!
For dinner again there was no concern. All of my meals were gluten free and I was given a variety of choices each night to chose from. I had a variety of gluten free appetizers, entrees and desserts! My most favorite part of each evening was the gluten free dessert because this was a nice treat for me.
We dined at Chops Grille one night for dinner and it was AMAZING! It is an up charge to dine there however it was included in our cruise because we booked a special sail date. It was hands down our favorite meal and service the entire cruise. Our head waiter called and spoke to the head maitre'd and he asked me to stop in the night before our reservation so that I could select my meal. The process was easy again to select and I was thrilled with the quality of foods that I was served in Chops Grill. The shrimp cocktail was amazing!
I also ordered a gluten free cupcake from the Cupcake Cupboard. It was around $2.75 and I have to say it was really good! With all of the desserts on the ship I didn't need it but it was hard to pass up the opportunity. I do wish that Boardwalk Donuts would have offered a gluten free variety but sadly they didn't.
My only complaint would be that there were NO gluten free options for room service 🙁 I did call and ask however they told me no that there were no choices. My son however did order room service on a daily basis and he LOVED it! One really nice feature of the ship is that Sorrento's pizza offers gluten free pizza and you could get a single serve Udi's Gluten Free cookie on the Promenade Deck. These were nice to pick up and take with me on excursions. Another change from last year is that the Park Café now serves gluten free! You can ask for gluten free bread and they have a separate toaster to keep your food from being cross contaminated!
The Allure of the Seas offers the Madagascar experience and it was amazing! We enjoyed photo opportunities with the characters, ate at the Character Dining Breakfast and the shows were top notch. It was all inclusive of our cruise price. Peyton really enjoyed all of these opportunities (and so did we).
I would highly recommend a Royal Caribbean Cruise and we loved the Allure of the Seas. If you are gluten free you will have no concern with traveling on the ship.
A few tips to remember:
- Be sure to mark on your reservation that you are gluten free and email the ship prior to your arrival.
- Contact your maitre'd as soon as you board the ship and make sure that he knows that you need gluten free meals. This would help in the first night if you could locate him.
- Place orders each night for breakfast and the following dinner.
- You can pick up fresh fruit cups in the Park Café to take on excursions with you.
- You can pick up fresh fruit in the Dining Room to take on excursions with you.
- Take a few gluten free snacks with you for snacking in your room and excursions.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post - Stockpiling Moms did not pay for this vacation. My family paid for our cruise. All opinions are 100% my own. However, I would welcome the opportunity to work with Royal Caribbean in the future.
Do you have any experience cruising gluten free? I would love to hear about it!
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