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Will being gluten-free ruin my trip?

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You’re going on a trip that you’ve been looking forward to, that is until you contemplated having to pack a virtual grocery store of supplies because you’re a celiac or gluten sensitive. Thankfully cruise lines, airlines, and hotels are more and more often taking steps to accommodate gluten-free travelers.

One airline addressing the issue actively is American Airlines by providing gluten-free options in all cabins classes. According to an interview here, Jason Henry who is the menu planning marketing manager for American in Latin America, the change is “in direct response to demand”, and that “ingredient information requests from passengers is at the highest level” he’s ever seen in 19 years in the food industry.

Along with the airlines, cruise companies are trying to accommodate gluten-free passengers as well. Uniworld, a cruise line catering to the river cruise market that sails throughout the world note "gluten-free" in their pre-cruise literature and accommodate passengers throughout the trip. Princess Cruises follows suit.

As far as on land goes, hotels (especially those catering to business travelers and high end travelers) are pretty clued in to gluten-free. At the world-renowned Mauna Kea Beach Hotel chefs are ready for the spontaneous requests from guests about gluten containing menus. They will gladly convert any menu item containing gluten with alternatives for guests.

So the trend continues whether traveling on a big budget, or a moderate one. Mario Batali offers a completely gluten-free pasta menu at Del Posto, and you can now have afternoon tea at Claridges in London, or even a gluten-free lunch at Soya in Paris. So leave the extra baggage at home and just enjoy your trip and do yourself a favor and check ahead with the hotel, cruise line or airline to see if they have adopted these steps for their guests, chances are good they can or will.



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