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We recently returned from our first ever Disney cruise. three night cruise on the Disney Dream, leaving and returning to Port Canaveral Florida with stops at Nassau Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.
One of the things we heard s much about and were excitedly anticipating was the food on the cruise. If you have not cruised previously, you may not know that a Disney cruise is something of an all inclusive vacation on a large ship. Although the alcohol is not included with the cost of your cruise.
Included in your cruise price is all you can eat soft serve (very important), Cabanas, the buffet restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night on certain nights, dining at the three main restaurants which varies on each ship but on the Dream it is Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace.
Room service is also included in the cost of your cruise but be sure to tip your host or hostess who brings your order. Snack locations are included as well, these vary by ship.
Not included in your cruise are Palo and Remy, which are adults only dining experiences for those who are eighteen and older and Cove Cafe the specialty coffee shop. Also not included is the food and drink outside of the theater. Alcohol is not included anywhere on the ship except for the sailings that include a captain’s reception. During captain’s reception there are alcoholic and non alcoholic offerings that are not an extra cost.
For dinner, Disney is unique in that they organize restaurants and guests using a system called rotational dining. This means that guests rotate restaurants each night for dinner in a certain order as is indicated on your key to the world card (think the cruise line version of a magic band).
Each night, unless you are dining at a restaurant outside of the rotational dining system, your waitstaff rotates with you. This allow cast members to get to know guests, their preferences and allows for an exceptional and unique dining experience.
Each restaurant is themed differently on board. The Disney Dream has Animator’s Palate which is also available on the other three ships. On the Disney Dream, Animator’s Palate has various pieces from different Disney and Pixar films and the cast of Finding Nemo interacts with guests while they dine. You can check out our full review of Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream HERE!
Enchanted Garden is another restaurant on board the Disney Dream that is part of rotational dining. Enchanted Garden is whimsical and etherial with the light fixtures resembling blooming flowers and the ceiling changes with the colors of a spectacularly setting sun.
Last but not least is Royal Palace. Royal Palace is themed for classic Disney Princess silhouette details on the bread basket and table numbers and portraits of the Disney Princes and Princesses throughout the restaurant.
When dining at the rotational dining restaurants, it is important to remember that you can order whatever you want. If you want four orders of one appetizer, get it. Just a salad and a dessert, go for it. You can dine however you want if there is an item you want on another rotational dining menu from another restaurant, as for it. Chances are really good that if the menu is the same and includes that item for that night, the servers will be more than happy to bring that to you. I did that and ordered desserts from a different restaurant one night and it was not a problem at all.
If you choose to dine at Palo or Remy, those are, as mentioned are adults only so guests must be 18 years or older to dine at these restaurants. Both restaurants insist that guests adhere to their dress code which is more formal than the rest of the ship. Taken straight from to Disney’s website to ensure accuracy, for Palo the dress code is:
Dinner and Brunch
Men: dress pants or slacks and collared shirt; jacket is optional
Women: dress, skirt or pants with a blouse
Jeans may be worn if in good condition (no holes
The dress code at Remy is different depending on whether you are dining for brunch or for dinner. We are reposting this directly from Disney’s website to ensure accuracy:
At dinnertime, the following dress code is enforced:
- Men: A jacket (such as a sports, suit or tuxedo jacket) is required, with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. Please no jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
- Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening dress, pant suit or skirt/blouse are required. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Brunch and Dessert
During brunch and dessert, the following dress code is enforced:
Men: Dress pants and a shirt are required for men. A jacket is optional. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Women: A dress or pantsuit is required. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Both Palo and Remy are also an additional charge and are not included with the price of your cruise and also require advance dining reservations. Palo is $40 per guest (a recent increase from $30 per guest).
The cost for Remy is dependent on which meal you choose. Dinner at Remy is $125 per person. The champagne brunch is $75 per person with an addtional $30 per person if you add the champagne pairing. For the dessert experience, the cost is $60 per person with an additional charge of $25 per person if you add the wine pairing. petites assiettes de Remy is $50 per person and includes a wine pairing with each course. For the Remy wine pairing experience the cost is $105 per person.
Palo offers brunch and dinner as mentioned. The brunch includes a buffet style service for appetizers, small plates, salads, fruits, cheeses, desserts, breads and more, plus a full menu that is also included for the price. Brunch is only offered during at sea days and on three night cruises check for availability during the first full day. Palo offers Italian inspired cuisine for brunch and dinner.
Dinner at Remy is a multi-course dining experience. The champagne brunch includes a french inspired prix fixe menu. The Remy dessert experience is a five course dessert menu served with coffee. Petites assiettes de Remy features a six course wine tasting that is paired with small plates to accentuate the flavors of both.
In addition, Cove Cafe, the specialty coffee shop on board and is an additional cost. Although there is coffee and tea located at the soda fountains throughout the ship, the specialty coffees and tees are all located at the coffee kiosks and Cove Cafe in the adults only section of the ship and all the drink items are an additional cost. You can get a punch card where if you purchase five drinks you get the sixth drink for free. The food items however, the pastries and things at the kiosks and at Cove Cafe are included in the cost of your cruise.
We hope that this answers some of your Disney Dining questions! If you have specific questions be sure to leave a comment and we will be happy to answer that! Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.