Lazy Gluten Free: A Royal Gluten Free Vacation

A Royal Gluten Free Vacation

You may have wondered why I didn’t post last week, and I am here to tell you not to fret, I was simply on a much needed vacation. I finally got into the groove of posting, and then I took a week off. Well, I am back – refreshed, recharged, and ready to dive back into finding delicious gluten free recipes to share with you!

Eating gluten free while traveling is always an adventure in itself, and this trip was not really an exception, but it was definitely one of the easiest times I have had. Where did I go you ask? Well, I went on a Caribbean cruise! My husband and I sailed on the magnificent Royal Caribbean ship, The Freedom of the Seas. This was the largest ship I have ever been on boasting 14 decks and a gross tonnage of 160,000. It was huge. We had a balcony room, where we spent a lot of our time, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect in the mid-80s all week with not a drop of rain. Believe me, it was very hard to come back to 30-degree Michigan. 

This cruise was my second since being gluten free (fifth cruise ever), and even though the other cruise line did very well, I was still slightly nervous. My nerves were quickly abated however, when right after we boarded we went to the Windjammer CafĂ©, where gluten-free food surely was not going to be found, I saw a sign that read “Gluten Free Bread Upon Request”. What?! So naturally I made this request to the attendant working at that station and he soon brought me back a plate containing two slices of bread and two small muffins. It was some of the best gluten free bread I had eaten in quite awhile (besides Udi’s, which is my all-time favorite). 

Dinner was no exception either. Our head waiter showed me the menu for the following night each night after we ate, and I placed my order for any meals I wanted the next day. I had GF French toast almost every morning complete with fresh fruit, and for dinner, I was able to eat slightly modified versions of the menu items. I had everything ranging from prime rib to slow-roasted beef to a creamy pasta dish (shown below). I ate so much it wasn’t even funny. Not that I am complaining, because isn’t that what vacation is about? :)

If you’ve ever considered a cruise but have been hesitant because you don’t know if you’ll be able to eat gluten free, let me assure you that you will have no problems whatsoever. The dining staff, especially on Royal Caribbean, were very accommodating and aware of gluten free. I was extremely impressed. 

Although I didn’t want to come back to the cold, I am still excited to continue to try new recipes and share them with you. Don’t forget, if there is ever anything you would like to see me make gluten free, don’t hesitate to message me or comment on one of my posts. I always love reading your feedback on what I do post too!