By Rick & Sandi Griffin & McKenna, on May 11, 2016

How to maximize dining on a Disney Cruise

Everyone knows there’s no shortage of food on a cruise. That’s especially true when sailing with Disney Cruise Line. But don’t worry, it’s not all pizza, hot dogs, and kiddie fare! Guests can enjoy upscale menu items crafted by Michelin star-rated chefs or wine pairings selected by master sommeliers. Or get something quick with casual pub grub and sandwiches. There’s something to suit every palate. Out of all the options, here are some of our favorite dining experiences with Disney Cruise Line.

Specialty dining at Remy and Palo
Petites assiettes means “small plates,” and this gem is an experience offered at Remy, a French-inspired fine dining restaurant exclusively for adults. There are six dishes in all, each perfectly paired with wine. The Disney ships are also home to Palo, which is widely regarded as a favorite dining spot. This adult-only venue offers Italian cooking for brunch and dinner. The fan favorite here is the chocolate soufflé, but I think the views are equally scrumptious!

Rotating dining rooms
With Disney Cruise Line you don’t simply dine in the same dining room every evening, you visit one of three uniquely themed family dining spaces each night. You might dine in an enchanted garden that transforms from day to night while you dine or enjoy South American flair at Cariocas. And then there’s our favorite, Animator’s Palate, where Disney characters come to life before your eyes. On the Disney magic and Disney fantasy you can even see your hand-drawn characters become part of the show!

Casual dining options
Or you can simply go casual by grabbing food up on deck. There are healthy wraps and fruit. Also, indulge with complementary soft serve ice cream, soda, and coffee. And, yes, there’s pizza, chicken, and burgers. But also more exotic items like Shawarma—complete with grilled meats and lots of toppings.

Cabanas buffet
We’re going to let you in on the best kept Disney Cruise dining secret. Imagine you’ve spent an action-packed day exploring Rome, snorkeling in the Caribbean, or simply wore yourself out riding the AquaDuck water coaster, and you’re looking for a laid-back, full service dining experience. Then why not skip the dining room and instead opt for dinner under the stars up on deck? Cabanas offers a free-flowing buffet experience by day, but come nighttime it features signature dishes from the main dining restaurants in a subdued, and sublime, setting.

24-hour room service
Not even feeling up to leaving your room to dine at all? No worries, 24-hour in-room dining onboard is also complimentary, meaning that you don’t even need to put on pants to enjoy fresh salmon, salads, paninis, soups, and more. It’s the perfect option for late-night snacking, a casual dinner to enjoy with Disney movies in your room, or a daytime meal to savor with breathtaking verandah views.

Whether savoring upscale dining, snacking on classic American fare or indulging in treats, your tastebuds are sure to cry out for more. While on your way to your next Disney Cruise dining adventure, work up an appetite by taking the stairs!

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