My apologies for not posting for the last several days. I spent yesterday in the ER with a pounding headache from the epidural I got on Friday. They could not do much for me. I wasn’t going to get the injection, but did so anyway, and now regret it. I have an appointment with the specialist tomorrow to hopefully get it taken care of. The headache is slightly better today so I am able to catch up.
Our trip to Hawaii is only 2 1/2 weeks away. Amazing how time flies-I booked the trip back in January hoping to give my husband time to recover his health. It seems the shoe is on the other foot now, but I am hopeful that my back will hold up.
I recently upgraded to a suite for a really good price, which allows us to have the services of a butler and concierge. This is a dream for someone with food issues. Not only is the kitchen on alert, but I will get extra attention. This should save me a lot of stress.
I have been in touch with the pre-concierge department and have been able to pre-order some things, such as a cheese plate for hubby, and a shrimp platter for myself, along with two bottles of really overpriced wine. Oh well, we’re on vacation, right?
One of the great things about having a pre-concierge is the ability to receive copies of all of the onboard restaurants. I would like to share these with you; the restaurants are fleet wide in case any of you will be sailing on Norwegian. I also received a listing of gluten free foods available onboard. I will share this also.
In an email I received from the special needs department:
Below is a sample list of the gluten-free items available. We do not have a list of dairy-free products, as there are too many options. Specific brands cannot be requested.
Please remember that the chefs are able to make modifications to most meals on the menu or create new meals that are not on the menu. The wait staff will be able to advise what the meal contains and identify safe meal choices. All dining venues can accommodate allergies, however we do not recommend eating at the buffet.
You may also bring non-perishable, pre-packaged, prepared snacks to be stored in the guest’s cabin (cookies, crackers, etc.). Guests cannot bring pre-cooked food (in any stage: frozen, chilled, etc.), food that needs to be cooked/prepared, processed or stored by ship staff.
Your butler can assist with setting up a meeting with the restaurant staff to further discuss your dietary needs.
COOKIES: CHOCOLATE CHIP, WALNUT, ALMOND, PECAN SHORTBREAD, PEANUT BUTTER
BREADS: RICE/PLAIN BAGLE, RICE WHITE BREAD, RICE/MULTIGRAIN BREAD, HAMBURGER BUN, HOT DOG BUN, ENGLISH MUFFIN, BLUEBERRY MUFFIN, WAFFLES
CEREAL: CORN CHEX, CINNAMON CHEX, FRUITY PEBBLES, COCOA PEBBLES
PASTA: ELBOW, FUSIL (SPIRALS), PENNE, SPAGHETTI
OTHER: PIZZA CRUST, TOMATO/SPAGHETTI SAUCE
Looks like cookies are out for me :[ But the bread and cereal selection, as well as pasta selections are great. You can still meet with the kitchen staff if you don’t have a butler. I was advised before I upgraded to a suite to meet with the Restaurant manager once onboard. I have to say that Norwegian has been very attentive.
Here are the PDF files to all of the onboard restaurants:
More updates to come!