So unfortunately I have been kept away from here recently, and after 12th May when all my uni assignments are submitted, I hope to be back on track. I have stocked up loads of new recipies and have a few more interviews lined up ready to share with you all!!
One of my last posts mentioned my chance to go on board MSC Preziosa for a week, and I have just come back from that. Oh My WORD! I have never experienced cruising before but now I am HOOKED! Based in the western Mediterranean, and stops in Italy, Spain, and France, the food on board the ship reflected that.
Breakfast could either be served to the cabins (depending on the cabin booked) or you could go and have an all you can eat buffet. We were lucky to experience both, and there was a lot of choice in the buffet! Cereals, fruit, breads, and cooked breakfasts available. As for gluten free, there was (surprisingly for a buffet) a good choice. Bread was a little difficult to find, but I coped well on rice crackles, fruit and occasionally some bacon,
As for lunch, we either ate out, or could experience the buffet on board the ship. (This buffet is open 20 hours in the day, so you can eat whenever you wanted!) However, I do need to do a massive shoutout to McDonalds in Italy and Spain. Twice, as a treat and as I haven’t eaten them for over a year now, I could experience a Gluten Free Hamburger! Staff were well trained for this, and immediately the gloves went on, the bun came out of a packet, toasted in little bags, and all formed within the green box. Why the UK hasn’t brought this in I have no idea, but there we go.
As for dinner, wow. Well each night had a theme, whether it was Italian night, Gala night or just a casual affair. There was a dedicated menu for gluten free, and the waiters were very attentive, making sure that no other breads were served to me, that any drinks ordered were alright for me to drink. I didn’t expect to have a roll for my dinner, so when a hot roll was served to me I was very surprised! It was very tasty, but like most, best to eat while it was still hot. If left to cool, it did dry out a little.
Main courses were themed on the night, Italian night had foods that were red, white and green, Gala nights had spectacular presentation. Actually every night had great presentation! Even the variation between normal and gluten free foods wasn’t that different. Yes there was slightly less choice, but still enough to be able to choose up to 5 courses!
Pudding for us normally consisted of ice cream (We’re in Italy! We couldn’t resist!) but there were other cakes, tarts and pies available too. To be honest, I couldn’t fault the food at all, and in the entire time I was on board, I never had any issues with food. One of the bars was even dedicated gluten free! All the alcohol, cocktails and snacks were free from gluten. Much as I wanted too, I couldn’t spend all trip just sampling that bar…
So if anyone wants to experience a cruise, I would definitely recommend MSC Preziosa, and maybe I shall get to try out a few other cruise liners and see how they provide for us!