Why was Disney extra magical for us?
Being food allergy parents, we were even more blown away at what an incredible job Disney did with our 3 food allergy kids...
Smooth sailing right from the start... As we embarked, the first thing that stood out was how clean the boat was. Disney was serious at maintaining the cleanliness and sanitization of the boat throughout the trip. Anywhere you looked you saw a Disney staff member doing what needed to be done to make sure that the cruise ship was as germ-free as could be. From cleaning handrails, to mopping floors, to making sure all the restrooms and public areas were as clean as possible. But what really struck me was that as you entered any food service area you were handed disinfectant wipes and encouraged to use them on yourself and your children to ensure there would be no spread of germs in the public food service areas. This was especially appreciated by me, the father of food allergy children.
Yummy Food and a Fun Camp - Both Allergy Safe!
Once we were in the dining areas, Disney's sensitivity to food allergies really stood out. Our waiters Henrique and Denver, and our maî·tre d' Milica were extremely careful and sensitive to our children's food allergies, so much so that even though I had assurances from Disney Services ahead of time that certain foods were safe, they took it upon themselves to double and triple check food labels to make sure the food that they were giving us was safe. This went on for every meal throughout the duration of the trip and it meant alot to us.
The Oceaneer Club, Disney’s one-of-a-kind day camp, is legendary for “stealing” kids in the morning and not returning them to their parents until the night. Thankfully, the camp was a stress free experience for our food allergy family. The first thing that you notice is that children are told to wash their hands in a special hand-washing station as they enter and leave camp to ensure that they're not carrying any germs (or in our case, any food allergens). And once in the camp our kids’ wristbands had a special marking to denote their food allergies, ensuring that they would not be exposed to any of their allergens while there.
Overall, our entire family had a blast on our Disney Dream cruise. Considering how well they accommodated our special food requirements and how much confidence we had in their food allergy commitment, it’s a no-brainer that we’ll be sailing with them again in the future.
Has your food allergy family been on a cruise recently?
What was your experience like?
Can you share any cruising tips for those of us with food allergy families?