Editor’s note: I absolutely can’t believe we are hitting the last week of July and this is the final piece in Alex‘s Disney Cruise Line Alaska series. How can it be? She’s ending with a bang though. Brunch at Palo? Sounds like a dream to me. Hope you enjoyed having Alex stop in and share her Alaskan experiences. I can more than guarantee she will be back with more posts in the future! Thank you Alex! – emh
One of my favorite parts of any Disney Cruise Line experience is the chance to dine at Palo. We’ve dined during both brunch and dinner on previous cruises, and loved every. single. bite. On our recent cruise on the Wonder, I made brunch and dinner here a priority (partly because my in-laws hadn’t experienced it, partly because I can’t imagine a cruise without it).
Dinner at Palo is quite popular and offered on voyages of all lengths, but brunch is harder to come by, typically offered only on sea days. You hear a lot about the dinner menu — the infamous beef tenderloin and the decadent chocolate souffle — but brunch isn’t talked about as much.
We arrived right on time for our 11:30am brunch reservation on our first sea day and were immediately greeted by the warm and friendly Palo waitstaff. I can’t say enough complimentary things about everyone we interacted with at the restaurant. We were seated right up against a window with a perfect view of the scenery outside.
The first thing I noticed was how different this Palo felt from the other two I had been on while sailing on the Dream and Fantasy. There were windows surrounding the entire restaurant, which made it bright, open and provided stellar views, yet it was much smaller than the others, so it was quite intimate. I really enjoyed it.
Brunch also runs a bit differently than dinner here in a couple different ways. First, everyone at the table was provided with a complimentary (er, included in the fee) mimosa or glass of prosecco.
Next, your server will walk you through the buffet and explain all the items. Toni from Croatia was our server, and he did a fabulous job introducing all the options. From fresh pastries and breads to a seafood spread and antipasto table, there is more than enough to choose from. You could make a meal out of the buffet alone!
But don’t worry – there’s more. Once we started devouring our buffet selections, Toni came to take our entree order. We’re not very adventurous eaters, and when we discover something we love, we tend to stick to it, so we knew to go right for the good stuff- the chicken parmesan.
This chicken parmesan, served atop creamy risotto, is out of this world. We all ordered this and scraped our plates clean. My husband even went back for seconds (and thirds). The menu offers both breakfast and lunch items, but I’m not a huge breakfast fan so I tend to stick with the heartier lunch choices. My father-in-law went for the eggs benedict (and loved it) and my mother-in-law tried the strawberry soup. Everything received high remarks in our books.
The final part of the meal (and the most important part) is dessert — in buffet form! They’re all in very small portion sizes, so load up a plate and fill what stomach space you have left with these desserts. You can’t go wrong with anything here!
Just like dinner at Palo, there is a $20 charge per person for this meal, and we all agreed it was worth every penny. After experiencing both meal times, three out of four of us agreed that brunch was better. I highly recommend you give brunch a shot on your next trip, and book it early! You won’t be disappointed.