One of the best things about a cruise is all the food you get to eat. There is literally food everywhere and any time of day you want it, it’s there! There’s buffets, room service and all-you-can-eat lunches. I was warned prior to vacation that I would probably gain a little weight which for me would be welcomed. From the moment we stepped on the ship, we were eating. Here is a feature of the great places we ate at and amazing dishes we had during our trip!
Friday Lunch Buffet at Enchanted Garden
This was buffet-style dinning for our first meal on the ship. It had items from small turkey wraps to crab claws and even beef tenderloin. I had a little bit of chicken salad which was my favorite Waldorf style and some fresh fruit. They even served small desserts including a chocolate mouse that was to die for!
Friday Dinner at Enchanted Garden
For our first rotation dining experience we had dinner at Enchanted Garden. The restaurant is decorated like a garden with flowers and fountains and gorgeous colors but mainly green shrubbery. I felt like I stepped into a garden for a party and maybe even some tea! For my appetizer I had the North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli. This was served with garlic and basil in a light tomato sauce. I don’t eat ravioli generally but being on vacation I decided to live a little! This appetizer was delicious. For my salad I had the baby spinach salad which was a mixture of baby spinach leaves, seasonal pears, pine nuts and Gorgonzola cheese. It was drizzled with a light olive and vinegar dressing. For my main course I had the caramelized sea scallops with roast asparagus, sun-dried tomato and pearl pasta and served in a veal jus reduction. I love sea scallops and these were top-notch! I managed to skip desert that evening because my mom wasn’t feeling well but Judd had an Ice Cream sundae that he thoroughly enjoyed!
Saturday Lunch at Flo’s Cafe
We decided to get back on the boat in Nassau for lunch since it was already paid for-the joys of a cruise! We decided to have a quick service lunch by the pool. Flo’s Cafe has a variety of options for lunch: chicken tenders, wraps, salads, sandwiches and fresh fruit. We both had the Turkey and Cranberry sandwich-a favorite of mine. If you’ve had food at the Disney parks, you probably know that the chicken tenders are the BOMB! They had these lovely and delicious chicken tenders at Flo’s Cafe….I probably had them 3 times on this cruise!
Saturday Dinner at Royal Palace
The best part about being with a large group during this cruise was we got awesome seating arrangements for dinners. At Royal Palace we were led to a giant round table in the dead center of the restaurant and above us was this gorgeous crystal chandelier complete with small glass slippers on the outside a nod to Cinderella. We were blown away with our table and even more surprised with the menu. Royal Palace offers guests French cuisine options and if you love French food, this is the place to get it! For my appetizer I had Fried Brie with a cranberry chutney. It came with two pieces and I was only able to eat one of them. I brought in Judd to eat the other piece. That’s what husbands are for! For my salad I had the Royal Market Queen Salad which had cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, goat cheese and raspberry vinaigrette. This salad was absolutely delicious! For my main course I chose a Lobster Pasta that was a bit heavy for my liking. I chose the creme brulee for my desert and it was so rich and decadent! Our servers also surprised my brother, Judd’s brother and my parent’s best friend for their birthdays with a song and a chocolate dessert.
Sunday Dinner at Animators Palette
This was our final dinner location and most of our party was a little bummed we were dressing up for a more relaxed restaurant. However, the experience of dinning here was incredible! The walls each have screens showing off drawings from some of our favorite Disney films. As you start to dine, the walls change into interactive video with the characters from Finding Nemo. It started with each fish floating around to each and every screen in the place. Crush the turtle came on and said hey to the lady in the pink dress…which was my mom. He had our section of the restaurant do the wave and referred to our table as the “Florida dudes.” Since it was our final night on the ship, my mother-in-law brought a bottle of champagne for us to toast with as a group.
For my meal, I started off with the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes for my appetizer. This was the BEST appetizer I had the entire trip. The black truffle really added something unique to a pasta meal. It was drenched in a champagne sauce that was rich and creamy. I chose to try the Butternut Squash soup which was creamy and delicious. I of course had to share it with Judd because he has a love of butternut squash soup! For my main course, I opted for the lighter Jumbo Shrimp Salad which had giant shrimp, arugula, cucumbers and red onion. For dessert I indulged in the Crunchy Walnut Cake with dark chocolate and raspberry coulis. It was my favorite dessert of our trip!
As you can seat there are so many delicious options aboard the Disney Dream in terms of food. Each restaurant offered unique items even vegetarian and lighter options.
If you’re interested in finding out more or seeing any of the menus for Disney Dream restaurants check out the Disney Food Blog.