The Celiac Disease Foundation is pleased to partner with the Celiac Cruise in our shared mission to improve the quality of life for those affected by celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. In collaboration, the Foundation was proud to embark on the inaugural sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, January 17-20, 2020, and strengthen community relationships in gluten-free paradise. The cruise provided a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and dining room, ensuring a safe environment for the 500+ Celiac Cruise passengers.
Prior to sailing, over 1,200 Royal Caribbean crew members underwent a mandatory Celiac Training to assure their understanding of the needs of those with celiac disease. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with the opportunity to meet representatives from the Celiac Disease Foundation, Children’s National Health System, and Schär, before enjoying the first gluten-free lunch onboard. Each meal was carefully planned and offered a plethora of safe and delicious gluten-free options, including selections of All-Natural Pork and Chicken Sausage and Naturally Smoked Ham from CDF Proud Sponsor Jones Dairy Farm, as well as Bagels, Ladyfingers, and Chocolate Twin Bars from CDF Proud Sponsor Schär.
In addition to allowing guests to eat freely, the Celiac Cruise connected hundreds of people facing similar experiences to share stories, learn from one another, and make lasting and valuable relationships. As the authoritative resource for celiac disease patients and caregivers, the Celiac Disease Foundation was onboard to educate passengers about the critical need for increased research, education, and advocacy, as well as opportunities to accelerate these initiatives.
Please browse the photos from the inaugural sailing below and visit celiaccruise.com to learn more about the upcoming Celiac Cruise sailings in October 2020 and March 2021.