Disney Wonder Cruise Review by glutenfreesa: Gluten free vegetarian on the Wonder
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Gluten free vegetarian on the Wonder
Destination: Western Caribbean
Lots of great stuff on the Wonder – the ship décor, the crew, the Disney characters. But I am going to focus on the gluten-free food aspect. My daughter (8 years old) has celiac disease so it was important for her to get the correct food. She is also vegetarian. We notified Special Needs @ Disney before travelling, and confirmed with the Dining Manager on boarding. You can do this at the same venue where they take requests for dining-time changes, and Palo reservations. In our case it was at the Studio Sea.
On boarding, the chefs at the buffet in the Parrot Cay dining room were extremely helpful and reassuring. They assembled my daughter’s salad & veggies in the kitchen, to prevent cross contamination from the buffet.
From then on, she ordered all meals in advance and we had to eat in the main dining rooms at all mealtimes. We were given the next days dinner menu each night to choose from. However, we weren’t given menus for breakfast and More lunch, so we just had to think of things to order. Note that there are no gluten-free breakfast cereals on board, so you will have to bring those with you if you prefer them.
This is what we experienced:
Excellent: The deserts (Every single night the “pastry chef” would make my daughter a special gluten-free desert. Each one was delicious – chocolate mousse, walnut cake, mango slice, ice-cream sundae. We even got freshly-baked gluten-free ginger cookies one night). The soft-serve ice-cream on deck and at Castaway Cay, which is gluten-free and yummy. The gluten-free pancakes and donuts at breakfast. The Mickey bars. Fresh fruit and options at all meals. The house salads, served with celiac-safe plain olive oil and vinegar.
Somewhat disappointing: There was only one type of gluten-free roll. No other breads or crackers. Some of the dishes we pre-ordered couldn’t be made, although they seemed like simple requests – for example: gluten-free macaroni cheese, or gluten-free pasta in a soup/broth. Which resulted in my daughter getting pasta with tomato sauce for three nights running. The tomato pasta was very tasty and she enjoyed it, but I would have been happier with a little more variety. (Non- vegetarian celiacs would have a much wider choice, of course.) Gluten-free pizza was not easy to order from the on-deck pizzeria, so we ordered one for our sit-down lunch one day. It was OK.
Room service: There are some gluten-free vegetarian items to order from room service: the cheese platter (without crackers), the fruit bowl, Mickey bars, or (at an additional cost) popcorn. Note that the cheeses include smoked/blue/brie cheeses which kids might not enjoy.
In summary, the food was fantastic. The small drawbacks I have mentioned did not detract from an overall wonderful experience for a gluten-free vegetarian child. And she never once got sick – thank you Disney! Less
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