Posted September 9th, 2012, 06:20 AM
We contacted NCL to ask if they serve halal food, and they don't, but we still REALLY want to go on this 12 night Med. cruise on Aug.15,2013. So I was wondering if we could bring food onboard from some ports like in Rome (in a thermos or something) and eat it on the ship.
I'm somewhat confused by your posting, because a few days ago you posted this on another thread:
"NCL accommodates halal food, with whole chicken or veal."
Thanks, I will call NCL and ask about their policy. BTW, kosher food is not a substitute to halal because the prayer said is very different, but thanks for your ideas anyways.
I remember way back- 40 years ago, before halal was more easily available- when kosher restaurants in New York were frequented by Muslim diners. From my understanding, kosher is acceptable to Muslims, but halal is not OK for those who adhere to a kosher diet.
I've never heard of any issues with any prayers said- there is a prayer said before an animal is slaughtered 'kosher', and I'm sure there is also a prayer said before halal slaughter, but AFAIK, the restrictions for both kosher and halal are very similar- the quick, humane way the animal is slaughtered, and the type of animal that is acceptable are the same. However, kosher slaughter also involves inspecting the condition of the animal: if there are certain marks or blemishes discovered after slaughter, then the animal is not considered kosher; but I believe that halal does accept those animals- which is why those who follow halal will eat kosher, but the reverse isn't so.
As others have suggested, if for some reason your earlier post was not accurate, you could always consider following a vegetarian or vegan diet during your cruise. I haven't sailed with NCL, but have on several other lines, and my vegan diet has always been graciously and deliciously accommodated. You usually need to notify the cruise line 60 days in advance, and see the maitre d' on embarkation day.