Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Simpson (04 Nov 08 10:26)

Coeliac Disease is recognised by most, if not all, of the shipping lines and they have various ways of dealing with their passengers with this complaint. Most will offer a gluten free diet and often provide special product for sufferers but many will not guarantee this as insurance complaints and torts are an easy option now. I am not sure about Thomson so to be absolutely certain that they are au fait with the situation I would contact them by e-mail, letter or phone which you would have to do if you want your diet and condition to be recognised by them and a particular cruise. Rest assured though that they will be aware of this as a condition. .... Neil.

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Chalmers - Answered a Question by Simpson (05 Nov 08 22:43)

I cruised with P and O and stated that I was a diabetic. I was offered diabetic desserts and fresh fruit as an option at all times. The head waiter came over and asked me if I would like to see the menue the day before in order that I could choose what I would like for the folling day. He stated that if there was anything that I would like they would get it for me. On the days at sea I went for afternoon tea and asked if there was any diabetic cakes and I was offered a large selection of cakes and scones. Tell the ship your requirements and I am sure they wil do their best to cater for your needs. Enjoy the cruise. Heather.

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White - Answered a Question by Simpson (06 Nov 08 07:36)

As the Thomson ships are in the main chartered to them by different owners, then approaches will most likely vary. As long as you let them know in advance of your requirement they should provide gluten free bread and biscuits as well as catering. When I was last on a Thomson ship (2000) the menus were even marked with gluten free options. P&O will provide the next day's menu at the previous evening sitting and you can choose then, or they will prepare an alternative version. Fred Olsen are very geared to gluten free requirements and will even have gluten free sandwiches and cakes available for afternoon teas! Fred Olsen also hold a dietary session early in a cruise for those booked with special requests. In summary, as long as any line (in my experience) knows at least a couple of weeks in advance you should have absolutely no problems.

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Townsend - Answered a Question by Simpson (09 Nov 08 12:40)

My wife has Coeliac disease and we sailed on the Thomsom Celebration in June 2008, the staff were very helpful and there was a gluten free menu with several choices. Gluten free bread was available at all meal times and in all restaurants. My wife made herself known to the head waiter prior to the first meal time and he was well organized and knowledgable about her dietary needs. The food & service was excellent and we had a fantastic cruise.

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