When you hear the word, “cruise”, what do you think of? Amazing food, I know, right? No matter what the destination, cruise ships are known for having delicious and plentiful food!
You can count on Disney for fun, luxury accommodations, world-class service AND incredibly delicious food. There are numerous restaurants on the ship, from pizza counters to fine dining. Meals or snacks are available at all times of the day or night.
For breakfast, my favorite was room service. It was a quiet way to start my day – I like my first cup of coffee before I get dressed. Ah, the luxury! But we did try the restaurant, as well. Beach Blanket Buffet was also available. Truly, anything you desire!
For lunch, our favorite was the Beach Blanket Buffet. There were varied and tasty choices on the buffet line and then a freshly-made option at the a station serving pasta, salads, rice dishes, and more. You could sit inside or outside. Oh! How could I forget? There was also a tantalizing buffet station dedicated to desserts. One small touch that I particularly appreciated were the cards describing each of the foods. Sometimes on a buffet, I don’t recognize a particular food. The descriptions at the Beach Blanket Buffet were clear, included a notice of any unusual spice, and enticing.
For dinner, like most cruises, you were assigned a “seating time”. When we made our reservations, only the late option was available, but I requested that if an opening came up for the early meal, we would prefer that. When we boarded the ship, we were told it had, so we ate at 5:30. Perfect for our schedule.
Disney does, what they call, rotational dining for dinner. There are three main dinner venues on the Wonder: Triton; Parrot Cay; and Animator’s Palate. You are assigned a table number for the entire cruise that applies in all the restaurants. And the best part? Your servers follow you, so you have the same staff no matter where you eat! They get to know you and your meal and beverage preferences. My daughter had a Sprite waiting for her, every dinner. My mom and I purchased 3 bottles of wine at the beginning of the cruise and our server brought them to each meal. We like one glass with dinner, and it worked perfectly – we had the last glass at our last meal. Sometimes we travel with my daughter’s best friend who has multiple food allergies. It would be incredibly relaxing to explain once what her allergies are and have the servers know at every meal! Oh, hint for Walt Disney World planners… wouldn’t it be awesome if food allergies could be coded into the Mickey bands? Just sayin’….. Okay, back to the cruise!
The servers also provided entertainment, one of our servers made a new origami toy for my daughter every dinner! The other created fun “hats” for us from the colorful napkins at Parrot Cay. Fun!
One night on ship, my mom and I had dinner at the “Adult Exclusive” restaurant, Palo. There is a small additional charge for eating at Palo and you do need to make reservations. It was a chance to have a quiet, special meal. Before we went, I wondered how Palo would make the meal any “better” than the ones in the three dining rooms. The menu at Triton’s most fitted my taste (I love French food) and the I couldn’t imagine anything topping the decor at the restaurants. But they did. Palo was outstanding. It was a lovely evening. What made it over-the-top, was first the view. Palo is located on an upper deck in the front of the ship and had large windows with a heart-stopping view of the majestic scenery.
The food and service at Palo’s wasn’t necessarily “better” than the other restaurants as much as it was different. Palo is named after the signature long poles used by gondoliers in Venice and serves Northern Italian cuisine. The multi-course meal began with a selection from the antipasto cart. It continued with salad, appetizer, and more. I especially remember the sorbet to cleanse your palate between courses and the “digestivo”, a drink to aid in digestion of a large meal. I felt very European and even ordered an espresso after dinner. It was a memorable meal – in the best, best sense of the word. I strongly encourage anyone going on a cruise to set aside one evening for a delightful meal at Palo.
Of course, Disney is not going to forget the taste preferences of children! The children’s menu at every venue had my daughter’s favorites. I tend to forget that a little one will prefer a ice cream sundae or a Mickey bar over Key Lime Cheesecake.
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