Step 4: Choose Dining Options

Step 4Dining on Disney Cruise Line is one of my favorite activities, and as a DCL guest, you will have several options for each meal and snack.

On board every Disney cruise ship, guests participate in rotational dining. Each evening you are assigned to one of three main dining rooms. Your severs rotate with you, which means you will have the same serving team each night. Over the course of your cruise you to get to know them very well and vice versa.

Your first dining task is to choose your dinner time. DCL has two options. Main Dining is the earlier option which is usually served at 5:45 pm local time. Late Dining is served at 8:00 pm. Families traveling with younger children often opt for the earlier seating. Families with older or no children typically like eating later, since there is no need to stop late afternoon activities to prepare for dinner.

Your next task is optional, but it is one I highly recommend. It is time to decide if you want to enjoy Disney Cruise Line’s signature, adults only dinging at Palo (on all ships) or Remy (on the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy). Bruch and dinner are served each day. There is an additional per person charge for dining at Remy and Palo, and dress code standards apply. Reservations are highly recommended, especially when sailing during peak travel seasons. You can make your dining reservations for Remy or Palo once your cruise has been paid in full and (if it’s your first cruise) you are at 75 days prior to sailing.

Nearly endless dining options exist for every meal. You will never go hungry on DCL.

DCL Prep School Top 3 Dining Tips:

Communicate food allergies when booking your cruise. Then discuss them with your server the first night of your cruise. DCL does a fabulous job of creating meals for every guest on board.

The quick service counters are not open 24/7, but room service is. If jet lag, motion sickness or a late night snack attack leave you hungry, dial room service at any time. A tip is customary for the Crew Member delivering your tray.

Want to enjoy lunch in an almost-adults-only location without any extra fees? The atrium dining room (Triton’s, Lumiere’s, Royal Court or Royal Palace depending on ship) is open for lunch each day. Its quiet atmosphere draws mostly adult cruisers. While children are welcome in the dining room, you can request a private table away from young diners.