|Aqua Spa Cafe
|Mid-day snack from the salad bar
brought back to our room to chill
on the balcony
As an outsider (read: a gluten eater), I thought they did a great job at accommodating the gluten free diet. It was evident from the beginning, as we saw gluten free bread at the Aqua Spa Cafe in the solarium as we were roaming the ship just after boarding. Also, at dinner in the main dinning room, gluten free bread was provided instead of rolls. Celebrity also ensured dinners for Amanda were prepared to be gluten free, and not just chicken with no seasoning, but with excellent seasoning and full of flavors.
|Me in-front of the Solstice, and
Amanda behind the camera
- Amanda ordered her dinner the night before. This allowed the kitchen to properly prepare a gluten free meal with all the great tastes of the standard menu item
- Ordering anything with gluten free bread from room service required some extra time to ensure that the room services kitchen could have time to retrieve gluten free bread from the main dinning room
- There were unfortunately no gluten free pastries or desserts available, unless they were naturally gluten free anyways (read: jello and fruit)
However those few things didn't overshadow the great meals we enjoyed. The Celebrity Solstice also carried gluten free focaccia bread (made fresh on the ship) and gluten free penne pasta. Both of these items were found in a specialty restaurant on the ship called the Tuscan Grill - Italian Steakhouse. One in which you paid extra for, but it was well beyond worth it. The food in that restaurant was amazing and we both wished that we could have taken the left overs for the next day.
At the lunch buffet, there was staff available to answer questions about ingredients. There was typically at least one person available at each buffet station that could answer your questions. If they were not able too, they were always willing to call someone that could answer if the buffet item was gluten free or not. We were absolutely pleased at how accommodating the staff were, and how attentive they were to ensure they got us a correct answer.
Have you gone gluten free cruising before? Let us know about your experience.
Also read Gluten Free Cruising on Celebrity Cruises: Part 2 - The Gluten Free Meals