My family and I just returned from a wonderful cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream. One of the perks of taking a cruise is that almost all of the food is included in the price! Eat as much or as little as you like, try new foods, and enjoy different cuisines each night. There are 2 times for dining; first seating begins between 5:45 pm and 6:15 pm and second seating begins between 8 pm and 8:30 pm depending on the itinerary. If you have younger kids like we do, the first seating might be best.
The Disney Dream offers quick service dining, table service dining, signature dining, and even room service. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll get to eat at each table service restaurant at least once. The restaurants are also all very allergy friendly. The servers always asked if we had any allergies or dietary restrictions. Let’s get started with the quick service dining options!
Cabanas, located on deck 11, has buffet dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is inside and outside seating, including tables next to the windows which offer beautiful views. We enjoyed breakfast here a few mornings and I discovered they had a “make your own” omelette station. The food here was predictable buffet food but it was good!
Flo’s Cafe, also on deck 11, is three Cars-themed dining areas in one. Tow Mater’s Grill has burgers and grilled chicken; Luigi’s Pizza has slices of pizza; and Fillmore’s Favorites has a salad bar and sandwiches.
Eye Scream, located on the opposite side of deck 11 from Flo’s, is a soft-serve ice cream station. The flavors available on our cruise were: chocolate, vanilla, chocolate/vanilla twist, blueberry, mango, blueberry/mango twist, strawberry, banana, and strawberry/banana twist. The blueberry/mango twist was my favorite!! We had a love/hate relationship with the ice cream station since it is so easy to go grab a cone but it’s not nice on the waistline!
There are three table service restaurants on the Dream that don’t cost extra to dine at and are part of the rotational dinner dining. Your servers at these restaurants will follow you to each restaurant so you have the same servers each night. They get to know your family, your likes and dislikes, and also offer their recommendations on the menu. Our servers were excellent! They knew our names as soon as we arrived, entertained my kids while they waited for their food, and provided exceptional service. Let’s start with the first restaurant we ate at, Animator’s Palate.
Animator’s Palate, located on deck 3, is one of the three restaurants on the regular dinner dining rotation. They serve contemporary American and Pacific Rim cuisine. I enjoyed a chicken breast over mashed potatoes while my husband enjoyed the tuna steak AND beef tenderloin. While the food was delicious, the really noteworthy part of this restaurant is the decor! The walls are adorned with Disney artwork along with screens that come to life as an underwater world. Characters from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory appear in the screens and Crush the Turtle even interacts with guests!
Enchanted Garden, located on deck 2, was the next restaurant we got to experience. I really loved the simple yet beautiful decor of this restaurant. Not only did we have dinner here twice, we also had a buffet breakfast one morning. For dinner our first night I loved the pork tenderloin medallions and my husband enjoyed the sea bass (one of the servers recommendations). The second night was Pirate Night so the menu was all pirate-themed. Our kids had their usual mac & cheese and my husband tried the crab cake appetizer. We had an adult only dinner planned later that night so we didn’t eat much at Enchanted Garden. I did really enjoy the bread service there that evening which was Johnny cakes with a mango sauce on the side. Probably one of my favorites from the entire cruise!
The Royal Palace, on deck 3, is the third of the regular dining rotation restaurants and it is perfect for the princess lover in your life! The decor includes portraits of princesses, bread baskets with princess silhouettes, and chairs with roses, glass slippers, and apples carved into the backs. Since it was our last night on the cruise, my husband and I decided to splurge and order a specialty drink. We don’t drink alcohol so we both tried the Princess Delight-passion fruit juice and mango puree. It was so good!! I had the duck confit appetizer and really wanted more. For our main course, I got the filet steak which was amazing and my husband had the duck breast and the salmon royale. He really liked the salmon but didn’t enjoy the duck as much.
There is a separate kids menu at each of the three table service restaurants which offer items like mac & cheese, pizza, and burgers. Not on the menu but also available was chicken strips. My kids ate the same thing almost every night but they were happy with it and that’s all we cared about since we were on vacation!
There are 2 signature dining restaurants on the Dream that are adult-only, require a reservation, and cost extra. Both are located on deck 12 and have a dress code. Men need to wear dress pants or slacks (or even nice jeans) and a collared shirt. Women can wear a dress, skirt or pants and blouse.
Palo is a Venice-inspired Italian eatery and worth every penny! They serve dinner nightly and brunch on sea days. We paid $40 per person for a 3-course dinner plus the bread service. The freshly baked bread along with the cold antipasti specialties was a delicious start to our meal. For the appetizers I enjoyed the gnocchi and my husband had the recommended Tomato Mozzarella Caprese which was amazingly delicious. For the main course we loved the Osso Buco and Prime Beef Tenderloin. Our server also brought us a ravioli dish to try that had amaretto cookies in it. It sounds odd but it was really tasty! We each had a souffle for dessert; mine was the chocolate and his was the amaretto one. Again our server brought us an extra dish for dessert-his favorite, which was a vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberry basil sorbet. I wish I had ordered 2 of our servers favorite dessert because it was heavenly!! Palo is on each Disney Cruise ship, so on your next cruise, be sure to make a reservation!
Remy, named after the star of “Ratatouille”, is a French eatery. Its menus were created by a Michelin two-star chef in France and Scott Hunnel, the head chef at Disney World’s award-winning Victoria & Albert’s. Remy offers a dinner, a champagne brunch, and a dessert experience. Dinner is more expensive than at Palo but everyone says it’s more than worth it. It is a great special-occasion restaurant.
There are a few other spots on the ship to get snacks and drinks. Some are complimentary and some are an additional cost.
Vista Cafe (Deck 4) and Cove Cafe (Deck 11): These two venues specialize in specialty coffees and teas, though they also stock a variety of liquors for cocktails. Snacks and pastries are complimentary. The Vista Cafe overlooks the Atrium, while the Cove Cafe is by the Cove Pool and is for adults only. Vista Cafe was being renovated during our cruise so we didn’t get a chance to see it.
Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats is located just outside of Cabanas on deck 11.
It’s themed after “Wreck It Ralph” character Vanellope Von Schweetz and offers a variety of candy, fudge, gelato, and other treats. All sweets are an additional cost.
Preludes (Deck 4): With stations by both theater entrances, this is the place to stock up on candy, popcorn, smoothies and cocktails (all for added fees) prior to the show. There’s also a popcorn stand outside the Buena Vista movie theater. We purchased the souvenir popcorn bucket the first night so we would only have to pay the refill price the other nights.
Room Service: Continental breakfast can be ordered via door tags for delivery between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., or you can call in the morning. A 24-hour menu includes sandwiches, salads, burgers, pizza and snacks. Room service is not available after 1:30 a.m. on the final night of the cruise. Room service is free except for certain snacks and beverages, but you should always tip the crew member that delivers your food.
All in all dining on the Disney Dream was fantastic! We ate delicious foods, ate way too much soft serve ice cream, and experienced exceptional service. If you haven’t been on a Disney cruise yet, what are you waiting for?! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get planning!
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