Here is my review of the Disney Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder. I think that the Palo Brunch on the Disney cruise ships is an excellent value at just $30 per person – it is an experience which you need to have at least once on a Disney cruise.
The Palo Bruch is offered on all the Disney cruise ships and we have done this many times on the Disney Wonder. Palo is the only restaurant on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic which is for over 18s only. The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream also have Remy as a choice of adult only restaurant. In many ways I actually prefer Palo on the Disney Wonder. It is just a personal choice of the restaurant design. The food is great at Palo no matter which of the Disney ships that you sail on.
The Palo Brunch is only offered on days at sea on cruises of 4 nights or longer. The times of the Brunch are from 10 am until 2pm. Usually we try to eat around 10.30 am so that we can combine breakfast and lunch as we know how much food we will eat for the brunch! It is possible to book you Palo reservation prior to sailing. You should do this online if you want to ensure that you get the reservation time that you want. However, you can book Palo once you get onboard. It is best to do this as soon as you arrive as Palo is popular.
The cuisine and interior design of Palo is Northern Italian. There is a fabulous view out of the windows (the window tables are the best) and the dining room is very light and airy.
Palo does have a dress code of cruise casual. This is strictly enforced in Palo so if you are wearing jeans be prepared to go back to your stateroom and change! The atmosphere in Palo is best described as elegant but relaxed. It has an open kitchen and several tables filled with amazing food.
When you arrive for your Palo Brunch you will be seated and introduced to your server. The servers are very knowledgable so ask them if you have any questions and in particular if you have any dietary requirements.
As with everywhere on a Disney ship dining at Palo with a special dietary requirement is a breeze. There are always alternatives. Both my husband and I have dined here selecting only things which are gluten-free and there is plenty of selection. The difficult thing about that is seeing all of the fabulous desserts most of which are not gluten-free. The chef will talk with you about your gluten-free options.
You will be served with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or a Mimosa. If you want any additional alcoholic beverages these are charged separately.
I always find myself wondering just where to start at the buffet as there is so much choice. Your server will take you on a tour of the buffet and introduce you to all the wonderful choices. If you are a seafood lover you are going to enjoy Palo.
All the seafood items are on one table so if you have an allergy you can avoid it without a problem. This table includes Crab Legs, Smoked Salmon and an incredible Smoked Salmon Mousse. You can even sample the Caviar.
Another table is laid out with lot of different breads and cheeses. The Danish and Breakfast pastries are very tempting too. If you are dining gluten-free the bread is not that great. They have to send for it from the main dining room and it often takes a while. It does taste quite a lot better toasted so ask them to do that for you.
The table opposite the seafood is filled with lots of tempting things. I enjoy the Grilled Marinated Vegetables from this selection and the Mozzarella and Tomato Salad.
The sample entrees are all laid out in front of the kitchen so that you can see what is available. Usually I prefer the buffet selections but you can order as many of the entrees as you want to.
The usual choices include Pizza, Pancakes, Tilapia, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Julia and Chicken Parmesan. Usually by the point I am thinking about ordering an entree I am pretty much full on the buffet, but I tend to order something. Yes, just because I can!
Just as you think you really can’t eat any more it is time to start looking at the dessert selections. And of course I always find room even though you think I probably shouldn’t. There definitely is too much to tempt you here!
It is very difficult to choose a favorite dessert – so just try as many as you want ….
A Palo Brunch is one of my favorite experiences on a Disney cruise. It is a wonderful time to just relax and spend some time enjoying some great food, and some exclusively adult company. Most of the time I want to be with my children on a Disney cruise but just once in a while it is nice to talk with the grown ups.
You can book Disney’s Palo Brunch online ahead of time. The online booking system will only allow you to book one Brunch, but when you get onboard you can see if any other times are available. We have never had any difficulty booking a second Palo Brunch on a Disney cruise.
Have you enjoyed a Palo Brunch on board a Disney cruise? What do you like about it?