Disney Cruisin: To Palo or Not to Palo? That is the Question.

An alternative to your scheduled dining rotation, you can book a private table at Palo, a reservation only, dress to impress restaurant option available on the each of the Disney Cruise line fleet.

Located on the top deck of each ship, Palo boasts ocean views from nearly every table, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and the dining room’s semi-circular design. On the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, you have the option to dine al fresco—and bask in the fresh ocean breezes—on the private outdoor teak deck. We were aboard the Disney Wonder this trip. Everyone we talked to, raved about Palo and said it was a must on any Disney Cruise.

While all the restaurants in your scheduled dining rotation is included in your cruise price, Palo is an additional fee. With all the fantastic dining options on the ship, is Palo really worth it?

As a native New Yorker, you couldn’t get more skeptical then myself and my husband. We knew in New York City, we have a bevy of top rated, many Michelin rated restaurants to choose from. While it came highly recommended and touted, we knew once person’s amazing could be Becco and another’s, The Olive Garden. It would be really hard to impress us.

WE WERE IMPRESSED! Despite being extremely motion sick, I made it to my highly anticipated Palo dinner with my husband. Even through the occasional urge to lie down, the meal was definitely the star.

For an additional fee (on top of the booking fee), they will do a carefully curated wine paired menu, if you’re so inclined, called the “Esperienza del Vino” which features a selection of 5 recommended Palo dishes—including dessert—matched with the perfect Italian wines.

Since I wasn’t in peak condition, we opted to choose off the extensive Palo menu.

As we pondered our choices, Leo, our waiter du jour, brought out a selection of antipasti for us to nosh on filled with delicacies like artichoke hearts, beef carpaccio, crack Parmesan with balsamic drizzle and roasted vegetables. True to Disney form, when my husband expressed his love of the prosciutto they served, Leo happily served up another plate for him, no additional fee added.

The choices were endless and by endless, you could order as much as you want and they wouldn’t blink an eye. Our selected menu for the evening:

The Ciuppin Soup and Fritto di Calamari e Gamberi

Papparadelle con Aragosta and Pennette Pasta

Sea Scallops and Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin

In between courses we were given intermezzo of lemon sorbet to cleanse our palate.

Ending our glutinous night, it was dessert time. I opted for my favorite panna cotta and when the husband vacillated between the chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean and chocolate sauce or the highly recommended amaretto soufflé, Leo brought us both.

During our cruise on the Disney Wonder in February of 2017, dinner at Palo’s was $30/per person. Alcoholic beverages were individually priced.

All menu items and prices are subject to change without notice. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance prior to sailing and is highly recommended.

Both my husband and I thought it was a wonderful and well worth the additional cost, amazing experience, not just for the meal but also for the adult time alone which was priceless.

{ disclosure: As part of the self-paid, invite-only, 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were on-board the Disney Wonder. The entire meal was self-paid, no compensation was received. Forever fans of the magic of Disney, all opinions expressed here our my very own! }