SURPRISE! I just returned from a 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy. It was my first time leaving the country (besides my quick drive through Canada) since my celiac diagnosis. And, it went amazingly!
For today, I’ll just summarize some of the best parts, but be sure to come back each Monday as we dive into the food options onboard, ports of call, and the essential packing list! AND, if you are hopping aboard a Disney cruise any time soon feel free to comment or reach me on my Contact Me page with any questions. 🙂
The magic begins the moment you step aboard the ship when a cast member welcomes your family through the speakers, and everyone claps. The lobby is majestic. Right away, you can climb up the stairs to meet a character onboard the ship! (We saw Donald and Minnie before we even arrived in our room).
In Disney style, the entire boat is decked out and no detail was spared. We ate at Cabanas for breakfast and lunch most days, and they have the most gorgeous tile mural.
While Cabanas is buffet style, all my meals were special orders from the back that I placed the night before. I started ordering lettuce wraps for lunch that were delicious and refreshing. Other guests certainly turned their heads as these were brought out by the chef, and some people definitely wanted their own lettuce wraps too.
Now, my favorite meals were crafted by Chef Giuseppe at Palo, one of the two adult only (18+) restaurants on the ship. Here’s the meal he crafted when he had no idea I was arriving. Just wait until you see the meal he prepared at the end of our trip in a future Magical Monday post!
I ate tons of food, and had a blast! However, it took careful planning with my AWESOME head waiter, Alberto, who took all my orders. There were locations where I couldn’t eat, such as the quick service on the side of the pool: Eye Scream, Frozone Treats, and Flo’s Cafe.
Lastly, not only did the Disney cruise fill my heart with delectable food, but we traveled to beautiful places! Our cruise went to Cozumel, the Grand Caymans, Jamaica, and Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Bahamas). It was great to see all these new locations, while eating safely onboard the ship. My favorite port was Jamaica, where we went to Dunn’s River Falls, and went on an alpine slide crafted to look like Jamaican bobsleds.
I had an amazing time, and certainly miss the expertly prepared meals. What was your first experience traveling outside your home country with celiac disease? Have you ever been to any of the places I named?
Hope you have a Magical Monday, and enjoy the last few moments of summer!
P.S: If you want to know about dining in Walt Disney World check out my Gluten Free in Disney page.