August 2014 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage
The cruise was exactly what we needed. Our adventures in each town were lots of fun. But the highlight of the trip was meeting Melanie, kitchen liaison, who was not only knowledge but a joy to talk to. In the reviews we read prior to the trip, people reported that Norwegian was very responsive to dietary needs. We tried once to eat outside the dining room. While the chefs at the buffet stations were wonderful/knowledgeable about the foods they were serving, it was not fun walking around asking questions. In the dining room Melanie would give us the next days menu for us to preview, make suggestions and would coordinate with the specialized chef to make sure we had great food without worrying about getting sick. At one dinner my daughter wanted the cajun shrimp. On the regular menu it was coated in flour and seasoning. Melanie worked with the specialized chef and it was enjoyed with just the seasoning. The other thing is that there were always several choices in appetizers, main courses and desserts that met a wide variety of dietary needs. Their gluten free breads were some of the best we have ever had. They even had gluten free waffles and gluten free muffins. As exceptional as the food (and food choices) were, Melanie took it over the top and made it an outstanding experience!!! To people with GF needs - it was a full week of a variety of foods others prepared and not getting sick once. Thank you Norwegian. Thank you Melanie!!!