As you may have guessed from Wednesday’s post, we just returned from a swashbuckling adventure around the tropics onboard the fantastic Disney Dream.
There were a bunch of firsts for us on this trip–our first Disney cruise, our first trip on one of the new “mega-ships” that are taking over the cruise industry, and our first trip on a line with a more traditional approach to food–and only our second cruise overall, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. You all know I love Disney World, but I don’t love all aspects of Disney food.
For every fantastic experience I’ve had at a Disney restaurant, I’ve probably had 10 equally bad experiences. At WDW, there is typically a clear demarcation in the food quality–the food at the resorts is good or great, the food at the parks, particularly Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, is terrible. Even the fancy sit down places at these parks leave something to be desired (cough.Cinderalla’s Royal Table. cough) Especially for someone with a food allergy, the pickings can be slim. There, I said it–the food you eat with a view of the castle is normally not so great.
So the big question for me was–where would DCL fit in? Cruise line food can be pretty mediocre overall, as we discovered on NCL in the non-premium restaurants. Plus DCL is a line that caters to families, so would it be all chicken tenders and fries?
The answer, is a resounding NO. Noel and I thought the food on the Dream ranged from very good to fantastic (at the amazing Remy, which I will discuss in a separate post). For a galley that’s serving 3 restaurants of 750 people each per seating the food was fresh, flavorful, and well presented. Our waitstaff was also fantastic–after learning our preferences the first night, they really worked to meet our needs, especially my soy allergy. They also didn’t say a word about us bringing our own drinks to dinner (the Dream is BYOB, so we would fix our drinks in the stateroom and then bring them into the dining room). Even Cabanas, the buffet, had a good range of options that seemed to change up with every meal.
The dining rooms themselves had lots of character. Animator’s Palate was definitely the favorite for the kids, with the huge screens full of Finding Nemo characters ready to interact with the kids. The server’s coordinating costumes were also a fun touch.
Finally, the Dream accomplished something that I find very rare–they served me an apple crisp that didn’t suck. This almost NEVER happens and is a major food win in my book!