food allergies and preferences
When you're out at sea, whether setting sails, reading, or working on deck, our galley is always busy preparing delicious meals to keep everyone well-fed. Our experienced cook and cook’s assistant take care of all meals on board, surprising our voyage crew with a variety of dishes made with local ingredients from the ports we visit. We offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, but unfortunately cannot cater to a vegan diet. When you book your voyage, you can choose your meal preference to ensure everything is arranged in advance.
As we don't have the opportunity to restock supplies during most voyages, it's important that our cooks have an overview of the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests on board, as well as any food allergies. If you're unsure of your preference or need to make a change, please contact our office as soon as possible.
Dietary requirements can be a challenge on board, due to limited storage and cooking possibilities and will need to be discussed with our cooks before your voyage.
If you are allergic to gluten, it is important to know that the galley on board Europa is not gluten-free. This, unfortunately, means that if you have Coeliac disease, you cannot join the sailing voyages on board Europa. If you are intolerant to gluten, please consider how a few weeks of eating more gluten would affect your health. In the last few years, it has been easier to get gluten-free flour or pasta in the ports, so we can store some of these ingredients on board. However, cross-contamination is unavoidable in our small galley under sailing conditions. For example, the bread we bake with gluten-free flour is baked in the same oven as all other bread. Soup, meat, cheese, and marmalade are shared with all sailors on the buffet. If you are not severely allergic but prefer to eat less gluten, we recommend bringing some gluten-free snacks with you as an addition to the meals on board.
Large amounts of lactose can be avoided on board for breakfast and lunch as these two meals are being served as a buffet. This gives you the possibility to choose the items which are best for you. For the evening meals, the cook will keep your lactose intolerance in mind and prepare your meal separately from the rest wherever possible. If you use lactase pills, we recommend you to bring enough supply for the entire duration of your voyage.
COMBINATIONS AND OTHER FOOD REQUIREMENTS
The limited space in the galley of Europa means that our cooks, with all their creativity and willingness for solutions, can only prepare very limited alternatives alongside the vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Combinations of food allergies, such as no lactose AND no gluten, cannot be catered for on board. Again, please note that we cannot cater to a vegan diet. Other allergies or dietary requirements will need to be discussed with our cooks beforehand to make sure we can provide you with what you need on your voyage. If you have any questions after reading this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.